Thames Water Plans Improvements to Sewage Treatment Facilities

Thames Water has awarded a contract to Black & Veatch to improve and expand sludge treatment operations at its Basingstoke and Bracknell Sewage Treatment Works in the UK.

The upgrade will help in converting liquid treated waste into a sludge cake that offers a reduced risk of nitrate pollution run-off when introduced as a soil improver.

The upgrades will also reduce the carbon footprint associated with the treatment of sewage sludge, while increasing the capacity of each plant to accommodate future population growth.

Thames Water's head of capital delivery Lawrence Gosden said the work will help maintain high performance at the plant, and reduce the impact on the environment by substantially reducing lorry movements to and from the site.

"These upgrades are part of our £5bn programme of essential works to improve water pipes, sewers and other facilities across London and the Thames Valley between 2010 and 2015," Gosden said.