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Southern Water refurbishes reed beds at WwTWs

Reed beds at Southern Water's at Godshill Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW), on the Isle of Wight, and at Ulcombe WwTW near Maidstone in Kent are being refurbished. The company is investing £470,000-plus in the project, which will ensure wastewater returned to the environment is cleaner than ever.

Reeds break down impurities by sending oxygen into the gravel through their rootsReeds break down impurities by sending oxygen into the gravel through their roots

The £240,000 refurbishment of the existing reed beds at Godshill began last month and is expected to be completed by the end of April. The work to refurbish the existing reed beds at Ulcombe, which is costing £230,000 began in January and will be completed by the end of May.

Reed beds are used to give wastewater flowing through the treatment works an extra clean before it is recycled into the environment. The reeds send oxygen into the gravel through their roots, helping break down any impurities in the wastewater as it flows through.

Robin Woodward, Southern Water Project Manager, said: “Reed beds are a great way of harnessing natural processes to provide enhanced wastewater treatment. The ones at Godshill and Ulcombe will give an extra polish to the treated wastewater that leaves the site.”

Author: Maureen Gaines, Editor, WET News Find on Google+
Topic: Asset Management
Tags: wastewater , refurbishment , reed bed

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