South West Water provides first time sewage near Tarka Trail
South West Water has completed work on a £300,000 project to provide sewage treatment for properties near the Tarka Trail in East Yard, Peters Marland.
South West Water is in the final stages of completing work on a small plant that will provide secondary level treatment for 17 homes before it goes out into a nearby leat. This will be a vast improvement on the current arrangement which involves crude sewage from the properties going into a septic tank and then discharging into a nearby field.
Paul Mitchell, Project Leader, said: "The septic tanks that were installed for these houses are no longer an appropriate way of managing sewage in the 21st century. Once the treatment works is up and running the final effluent that is discharged will meet consents agreed by the Environment Agency and will be of great benefit to the local environment. We have also designed the works to be energy efficient as well as being sensitive to the local area and surroundings."
As part of the scheme, South West Water will be redeveloping an overgrown picnic area. This will involve cutting back overgrown foliage, sanding down the picnic benches and installing a new bike rack.
Representatives from South West Water, the Environment Agency and the Devon Countryside Ranger will be attending an opening ceremony of the new treatment works and redeveloped picnic area on Wednesday 25th October.
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Published: 24 October 2006