Southern Water hosted a fact finding visit for Sir George Young MP at Fullerton Wastewater Treatment Works near Andover, Hampshire.
The MP for Hampshire North West visited the site to see the results of a £12.3 million environmental improvement scheme which is further protecting the waters of the popular fly-fishing location, the River Test and meeting tougher European legislation.
The upgrade increases the wastewater treatment capacity for future local population growth predicted in the region.
The upgrade includes the installation of new stormwater pumps to increase the capacity of the plant to cope during periods of extreme weather, new automated standby generators and an advance nitrogen removal process to help protect the River Test from the effects of excessive plant and algal growth.
Sir George was accompanied by Southern Water’s Director of Communications, Geoff Loader, other representatives from Southern Water, 4Delivery the supplier that carried out the work, and representatives from the Environment Agency.
Sir George said: “What impressed me was firstly the health and safety record during the work on the site which was marvellous.
“Second, the way the company has kept the whole show running while undertaking a major capital investment programme.
“It struck me as an efficient, environmentally-friendly operation with the way it generates its own energy and the way it recycles waste which is used as a fertiliser.
“It is an example of the 21st century making the maximum use of waste materials, while minimisign consumption of energy"
Geoff Loader said: “We are extremely proud of our Fullerton site. The improvements that have been introduced ensure we meet some of the most stringent standards in the country and we were delighted to be able to convey this to Sir George.”
Fullerton is one of six Southern Water sites in West Sussex and Hampshire which has been upgraded.
The work was recently voted the best major project at the South Branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers Construction Awards.
4Delivery is a consortium comprising United Utilities, Costain and MWH. The consortium is carrying out £700 million worth of environmental improvements and water supply schemes for Southern Water across Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight between 2005 and 2010.