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New £1m sewage plant will make village smell sweeter
10:00am Tuesday 30th October 2012 in News
BUILDING work has started on a new £1million wastewater plant in a Test Valley village.
Southern Water is behind the project at Dunbridge, in Mottisfont parish.
The ageing treatment plant, in National Trust-owned woodland behind Russell Drive, will be demolished and replaced with hi-tech equipment.
Southern Water say the work is needed to meet stiffer EU regulations.
The supplier had planned to build the plant on farmland along Lockerley Road, but the idea was dropped after it came under fire from residents living nearby.
Southern Water’s plan B was to expand the current wastewater treatment site in Hanging Copse and build a new system, which will serve a population of about 160.
The work is being carried out by 4 Delivery and is expected to last until next spring.
Southern Water say the development will improve the overall treatment process and help reduce odours.
Project manager Julie Anne Stokes said: “This scheme has got off to a good start and the end result will see even cleaner waters in the Dunbridge area.”