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Treating our waste at Blackburn Meadows

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Blackburn Meadows waste water treatment works is one of the largest sewage works in the region and Meg Munn MP recently visited to find out more about Yorkshire Water’s 78 million investment there. The huge 78 acre site treats waste water from a population equivalent to over 800,000 people from the Sheffield area, including a number of important industrial sites.

Meg was accompanied on a tour of the facility by project manager Kevin Smith who explained that the site uses a number of processes to treat waste. These include screening out large items, removing grit and debris, and primary settlement tanks and biological treatment via an activated sludge plan where oxygen and bacteria react to draw out impurities from the effluent.

The new inlet work includes better screening, new settlement tanks and an additional activated sludge plant. There are also plans to install a new Sludge Digestion Plant as a preferred alternative to using the incinerator for waste disposal. The remaining by-product can be recycled back to land as fertiliser, which reduces the need for landfill.

Meg was impressed to learn that Yorkshire Water aims to generate 50% of its energy needs from renewable energy by 2020.

Meg said:

“I enjoyed my visit to Blackburn Meadows to see the innovative work they are doing to treat waste water, although not so much the smell of the sewage works! It is fascinating to see the difference between the waste water which enters the site full of grit and debris and the final crystal clear product at the end. ”

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