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What happens to wastewater? Find out at Buckland Wastewater Treatment Works 

We are inviting the public to go behind the scenes at Buckland Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) this September during England’s largest celebration of culture and heritage – Heritage Open Days.

Join South West Water scientist Richard Foster as he hosts a video tour of Buckland WWTW in Newton Abbot to discover how sewage is treated to the highest standards before being safely returned to the environment.

Have a look and see what not to flush down the loo and put down the sink! This is a great opportunity to join Richard and find out how it all works.

To view the tour simply click on the video below and please leave your feedback using the form underneath the video to tell us what you think. 

Click the video below to watch the tour.

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About Buckland WWTW

Buckland WWTW treats sewage from 79,206 residents covering Newton Abbot, Kingsteignton, Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth, Combeinteignhead, Netherton, Shaldon, Stokeinteignhead, Kingskerswell, Abbotskerswell and the Willows development on the outskirts of Torquay via the Aller Valley sewer. During peak tourist times this number is increased to around 100,000.

The works and its sludge treatment facility also treats tankered industrial wastes and imported sewage and sewage sludge.

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