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Work on a new tank which will increase capacity for storm water to handle 7.5 million litres during wet weather before it is fully treated and released back to the environment is starting with the aim of being completed by early 2025. 

Once installed it will help with the challenge of more frequent, heavier rainfall events due to climate change.  

In November 2023, a £4.3m programme of works to tackle unpleasant smells in the vicinity of Ashford Wastewater Treatment works were successfully completed. The new storm tank will not cause any new odours around the site say the company.  

Southern Water’s Project Manager, Ryan Lawrence, said: 

“We’re focusing on reducing the number of storm overflow releases and investing in infrastructure improvements is an important part of this process. This new storm tank is one of many ways we’re seeking to improve our environmental performance and make a positive difference across our region.” 

“Southern Water is committed to improving its environmental performance and is investing £3bn between 2020 and 2025 in its network – the equivalent of £1,500 per household. The company also launched a two-year turnaround plan earlier this year to drive results.” 

By Ed

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