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Friday, March 18, 2011

Meg Munn MP recently visited the Yorkshire Water facility at Blackburn Meadows to hear their plans for a new treatment centre and inspect the existing process. The centre is currently going through a rebuild which will cost around 75 million and will increase its capacity.


The treatment facility treats the waste for around 500,000 people in South Yorkshire and has been located there since 1905.  The process starts in a deep shaft, where the waste is pumped up and taken through a first stage where 30% of the solids are removed.  It then will be mixed with a substance called ‘activated sludge’ - which is full of microorganisms that break down the harmful substances in the water.  After this the water is separated from the concentrated sludge and pumped into the river whilst the sludge is incinerated or used for fertiliser.


The planned new facility will be able to increase the quality of water being put back into the river, and will allow the centre to become energy efficient by utilising the waste product of methane.  They are also building a visitor centre that will allow groups, especially school groups, to learn just what happens in a water treatment centre.


Meg said:


‘The planned rebuild will reduce the environmental impact the facility has. It will also increase the water quality pumped into the river, which is vital for maintaining its delicate ecology. 


It’s good to see such hard work being undertaken by the staff to ensure the quality of water is increased, so damage to the environment is reduced.’

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Hearing how the process works

Hearing how the process works

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