Considerate contractors clean coastal waters
Lynmouth sewage treatment works has been upgraded at a cost of over £2 million by South West Water's considerate contractors who made a substantial improvement to bathing water quality with no disruption to village activities.
In order to prevent building disturbance the project team joined the considerate contractors scheme which monitors the attitude and performance of staff who can be contacted directly with enquiries.
The Lymouth 'Clean Sweep' project was designed to meet the European Bathing Water Directive which required bathing waters in Lynmouth Bay to reach the higher guideline standard. The upgraded works benefits a population of approximately 3,000 in Lynmouth, Lynton and Barbrook.
The new improved sewage works treats waste water to a very high quality using membrane technology to substantially clean up coastal waters. This allows the treated water to be returned to the Bay via the existing outfall while protecting the natural environment.
Before these essential improvements were in place sewage was screened and discharged through a long sea outfall during high tide to aid dispersal.
To protect the character of the surrounding village and minimise visual impact the works was upgraded entirely within the existing compact site of a disused walled garden.
Extensive consultation was carried out with relevant authorities to protect this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and ensure all structures were in keeping with the surrounding environment. This was important because the site could potentially be over looked from Lynmouth's historical funicular cliff railway which has connected Lynton and Lynmouth for over 100 years and is now a popular tourist attraction.
The project was postponed for 8 months to allow for events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Lynmouth flood disaster. However the construction team were still able to deliver the project in a limited time starting in September and commissioning the works in April before the start of the bathing season.
"It is great to know that Lynmouth's bathing water quality was improved at this popular resort in time for the Easter Break and May Bank holiday visitors," said Ray Walters, South West Water's Project Leader. "This essential work will safeguard an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty far into the future and improve the quality of life for local residents."
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Published: 08 May 2003