South East Water is set to build a brand-new, £5 million treatment station in Upper Wooton, Hampshire.

Based at the company’s existing Woodgarston Water Treatment Works, the new equipment will futureproof the water supply against forecasted increases in nitrate levels in the area.

Mark Gelinski, Project Manager, said: “As a company, we adhere to strict industry standards which ensures our tap water is among the highest quality in the world.

“This £5 million investment will help us to remove nitrates and keep customers’ drinking water to the highest possible quality.

“We’re really excited to be breaking ground on this scheme that will help to protect water supplies for future generations.”

Construction is planned to begin on August 17th and is set to be complete by December 2021.

Emma Goddard, Head of Environment, added: “Alongside this vital work, we will be continuing to work with farmers and landowners to protect water quality and the environment now and in the future.

“We have been working with local farmers on their nutrient management practices alongside promoting cover crop usage. We’re really grateful to all the local farmers for their help in adapting their farm nutrient management practices.

“It will take time to see the benefits as improvements to groundwater quality can take several years due to delayed recharge responses from rainfall events.

“We are confident that our success with working with the farms at Woodgarston will bring about a water quality improvement in future years.”

To find out more about South East Water’s catchment work, head here

For more information on the Woodgarston project, visit our webpage

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