A LOCAL MP found out Severn Trent’s commitment to rivers was no flash in the pan during a trip to a sewage works in Napton.
Severn Trent welcomed Sir Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam – as well as Coun Nigel Rock, from Stratford District Council (SDC) and Napton Parish Council member Coun Ian Williams – to the sewage treatment works recently to learn how wastewater is recycled.
They were also able to hear more about the company’s Get River Positive commitments.
Get River Positive was launched in March, in collaborations with Anglian Water, to respond to calls for a revival of rivers in England. Central to the pledges is a commitment that work carried out by the company will ensure storm overflows and sewage treatment works do not harm rivers.
Mr Wright, Coun Rock and Coun Williams, were given a guided tour of the treatment works, and also visited a storm overflow on the River Stowe, discussing at length with Severn Trent about how it operates.
Severn Trent’s Ed Preston, who hosted the visit, said: “During the visit we were able to show the sewage treatment process, including the reed beds we have on site which are a low energy and effective method of treating sewage.
“It was also important to show our storm overflow outfall, and how our activities at Napton are not causing an impact to the environment – our reed beds also treat the water that is discharged by the overflow, so it doesn’t impact the Stowe.
“We know how passionate the local community is to improve the local environment, so we’d like to thank Sir Jeremy, and Councillors Rock and Williams for taking the time to visit.”
Sir Jeremy said: “Concern about the efficiency of our water network and in particular wastewater management is at a high level so I am grateful to Severn Trent for the useful discussions we have had on the measures they are taking, and for the opportunity to see some of them for myself.”
Coun Rock added: “Seeing this kind of operation first hand is always very interesting, as was hearing about the complexity of measurement of discharges that can be measured and how they can be reported.”
Find out more about Get River Positive at www.getriverpositive.co.uk