Water's £39m project to improve Burnham's sea water 'on
Water has said this week that a £39 million project to 'significantly
improve' the quality of sea water in Burnham-On-Sea is progressing
well and on track.
Water is investing in various upgrades to its sewerage network
in our area, as well as working with the local community to reduce
pollution of the River Parrett, which feeds into the sea near
firm says the project is made up of 12 individual schemes that
are due to be completed in 2018.
sewerage work involves increasing the capacity of the sewerage
network and installing new ultraviolet equipment to treat waste
to the highest standard in order to be released safely back into
Wheeldon, Wessex Waters general manager for waste strategy,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "For an area that relies so heavily
on tourism, especially during the summer months, our work aims
to support the local economy by ensuring that the bathing water
at Burnham-On-Sea is of the best quality possible."
water company is part of a wider partnership initiative, involving
the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Board, Catchment Sensitive
Farming and other organisations, to determine other factors that
are affecting the bathing water in Burnham.
coastal officer will be employed by the partnership to act as
an official liaison for the local community and provide advice
and help on the project where needed, as first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com
earlier this year.
Barden, head of environment and catchment strategy, added: "Through
the Coastal Engagement Officer well be working alongside
local businesses such as cafes and restaurants to detect any misconnected
drains that could send fats, oils grease and possibly food waste
straight into the watercourse."
a more community-based level, well be speaking to groups
of local residents, such as dog walkers, in a bid to reduce the
amount of dog waste that finds its way into rivers and bathing
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