Severn Trent to demolish Derbyshire treatment works and spend £1m replace with more efficient, modern pumps

Posted: Friday 30th September 2016

Severn Trent is investing over £1 million pounds building a new, modern sewage pumping station in the village of Fenny Bentley that will eventually be used in place of the current treatment works.

The current site consists of both a pumping station and a sewage treatment works, with the new, efficient pumps meaning that, eventually, both the pumping site and the treatment works will be demolished.

Severn Trent's senior programme engineer Chris Keys explains: "Because the sewage treatment works serving Fenny Bentley is coming to the end of its working life, we're taking it out of service and building a brand new pumping station in its place. We'll be using all of the latest technology to make sure the system will be able to serve the community for years to come. Before we can take out the treatment works, we'll need to lay a new sewer to divert the flows to our Ashbourne treatment site so that we can demolish the old works in the village. At the same time as laying the new sewers, we'll be replacing the pumping station. And, when the new station is up and running and taking waste to our Ashbourne treatment site, we'll take down the treatment works completely.

"During the work there'll be an inevitable increase in vehicles coming to site, and we completely understand that this could be disruptive but we'll do all we can to minimise the impact on the local community. The majority of construction vehicles and work activity will be confined to the site but we'll need to upgrade the existing access which will mean temporary traffic controls. We'll install the new sewer pipes across the A515 using a trenchless method to avoid the need for road closures."

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