Cleaner water is promised in a Petersfield river – that’s if Southern Water gets planning approval for improvements to our town’s sewage farm.
The Rivers Trust says the Petersfield sewage plant pumped effluent into the Criddell Stream more than forty times last year – more than three hundred hours of total discharge.
The stream is a tributary of the River Rother.
Southern Water had to return more than one hundred million pounds to customers for unpermitted overflows and bad reporting.
Now the company says the Petersfield waste treatment works need investment to ensure they can treat the community’s sewage lawfully after Environment Agency rules have been tightened.
The firm is asking for planning approval to install new pumps and a massive new underground storm tank that will help to avoid discharges into the River Rother.
The tank will be capable of holding up to eight hundred cubic metres of storm water. It will measure more than twenty metres across and be buried below ground.
The project is so big it is expected to take a whole year to complete.