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Last reviewed: 22.1.2013 - 12.26pm
We are carrying out a £190m upgrade at Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in east London, to help clean up the River Thames.
Beckton, located in the London Borough of Newham, is one of Europe’s largest sewage treatment works, and currently serves 3.5 million people.
The improvements will enable the site to treat 60 per cent more sewage than it does now and allow for a ten per cent population increase until 2021 so it can:
As well as helping to protect the River Thames, other benefits resulting from this scheme include:
In addition, we will be investing a further £67m as part of a separate project to cover the smelliest parts of the site, including all 16 primary settlement tanks – an area the size of ten football pitches – to significantly reduce odour emissions by 50 per cent.
The upgrade is due for completion in 2014.