Chester to benefit from Welsh Water’s £1 million investment

Posted: Thursday 24th July 2014

Welsh Water has started work on a specially designed scheme which will improve the performance of its Chester Wastewater Treatment Works

The £1 million project has been designed to address odour issues which the area has been experiencing at times and have been linked to the works. The work will involve improving the sludge processes at the treatment works, which is located at Sealand Road, and is expected to be completed by October 2014.

Further works are also planned for the treatment works which are designed to increase its capacity. This will enable it to cope with potential future growth in the area. Work on this phase however is subject to approval from our regulator Ofwat but we will ensure people are kept informed of developments with this.

Welsh Water has been liaising with the local community about the odours from the works through the Chester Odour Forum and is grateful for their support in helping them fully understand the issue. Their input has played a key role in helping design the scheme.

Welsh Water’s Catchment Manager for North East Wales, Nigel Lee said “We are pleased that the first phase in the improvements to the wastewater treatment works in Chester is underway. The benefits of this investment will be felt by the local community and the wider catchment area. We realise work of this nature can sometimes cause disruption and we will do our best to keep this to a minimum”

CWC Executive Member for Localities Councillor Lynn Riley said “I am happy to see that the investment Welsh Water promised would happen has now commenced. This work once complete will benefit the local community both now and in the future. Hopefully if approval from Ofwat is given, the work on the new settlement tank will commence as promised, so providing a better environment for all concerned”

Blacon Councillor Reggie Jones said “ Businesses and residents in the Sealand Road area have been affected by odour issues for many years and I am pleased that Welsh Water have commenced work at the site and have shown a clear commitment to improve the processes at the works and surrounding air quality within the area”.

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