South West Water works hard to complete project ahead of Croyde's annual Oceanfest surfing event
South West Water is starting work on a £400,000 project to increase storm water storage capacity at Croyde sewage treatment works.
The work will create extra storage in the existing pipework under the Oceanfest site which is adjacent to the works. This will hold excess flows at times of heavy rainfall and help ease pressure on the sewage treatment works, as well as reducing the frequency of consented storm overflows through the outfall at Baggy Point.
South West Water will be using a local contractor to restore the land after the work is finished. A special meadow turf will be used to make sure it can withstand coastal conditions – and Oceanfest!
Barry Flicker, Project Leader, said: "The work we are doing at Croyde to upgrade the storm water storage will significantly increase the efficiency of the site. We understand how important tourism is for Croyde and have timed the work to take place outside the main season to minimise disturbance and ensure that it is completed in time for Oceanfest. We have also taken extra measures to make sure that the reinstatement of the turf is done sensitively and in keeping with the local environment."
Work will start on site week commencing 16th October and is expected to be completed towards the end of January. The meadow turf will be laid in February which will give it enough time to bed in by June.
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