Superior sewerage in Shrewsbury!

Posted: Monday 15th January 2007

Severn Trent Water is promising superior sewage treatment in Shrewsbury after unveiling its £13 million flagship facility in the town.

The water company unveiled the upgraded Monkmoor Sewage Treatment works, which will serve 82,000 people in Shrewsbury and clean more than 20 million litres of waste water every day. The high-tech plant should also bring an end to a fly and odour nuisance for local residents and the mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Roger Evans, was on hand to see the official unveiling in December.

The huge renovation project, which began in April 2005, has already been heralded by experts in the trade. The site has been extended to build a new treatment plant and 12 old sewage treatment filter beds and humus tanks have been removed. A great deal of landscaping work has followed to ensure that the site continues to flourish for wildlife.

The official unveiling ceremony was capped by the presence of ex-employee Ken Leah, aged 65, who was on hand to unveil a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion. Ken boasts 50 years of service at Monkmoor, which has become a second home for him over the years. He was born within a stone's throw of the site and has lived in the area ever since.

Ken's commemoration was a fitting end to a successful afternoon, which featured a guided tour of the site with the mayor of Shrewsbury and other civic dignitaries.

All speakers praised the relationship between contractors Biwater and Severn Trent Water, whose close partnership has been vital in completing the project 13 weeks ahead of schedule.

Sewage treatment manager Dave Ashlin said: "We have been intrusive to the local community but we have worked very closely with residents who have been so understanding and we thank them for that. This site has been here since 1900 and has served the town very well for so many years. But we had to invest and improve and we are moving into a new era."

The mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Roger Evans said: "Monkmoor will provide quality sewage treatment to the town of Shrewsbury for the foreseeable future. On behalf of the community I would like to thank Severn Trent Water for taking us to the 21st century. Nearby houses have been troubled by flies but it is so good that Severn Trent Water has invested so heavily in the site and taking Shrewsbury forward."

Biwater project manager Richard Thomson said: "I wish every project could have run as smoothly as this. Severn Trent Water has been a pleasure to work with. There have been no issues or problems and this has been a great scheme to be involved in."

Wolverhampton residents will find their water supply is twice as nice, thanks to a new £960,000 main from Severn Trent Water.

This month engineers will begin work to replace just over 2km of existing water main with new pipework, resulting in a second principal supply route for the eastern side of the town. Work will commence in Pond lane, then progress through Caledonia Road, Major Street, Cable Street and Sutherland Avenue before ending in Hickman Avenue.

Gary Shore-Marston, project leader, is confident the project will have long term benefits for the town. He explains: "Our customers tell us one of their top priorities is having a reliable water supply. By upgrading the existing mains in the Wolverhampton area we’ll have a back-up option to use if anything does go wrong.

"While we regularly maintain our network of pipes we also need to have contingency plans in case there is a supply interruption. We don’t like to leave anything to chance."

Temporary road closures will be in place while the work progresses. Severn Trent Water is working with local residents and businesses to alert them of the plans and will agree traffic control plans with the highway authority.

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