Water treatment plants are the new norm in the United Kingdom, with the country’s first ever water treatment plant to open.
Water and Waste Water Services (WWS) has revealed that it will open a water treatment facility in Manchester, in the town of Layne Water Treatment.
The plant, to be used to treat waste water, will be located on the site of the former Bath and Body Works, which closed in 2009.
The plant will also be used for co-generation of wastewater, with water being piped from the plant to the site to be treated.
A separate co-generator will be situated in the city’s main park, which is the first time that water treatment is being carried out in the country.
The water treatment system is being developed by the UK’s biggest water utility, SSE, and will be used across a range of industries.
Its also the first water treatment unit in the world to be built on a large scale, according to the company.
“The first water-treatment plant in the whole of the UK to be operational in 2020 is a very important milestone,” said WWS’ chief executive, David LeBlanc.
“We’re making history and demonstrating the capability of water treatment to treat all the world’s waste water.
It will provide our customers with an environmental advantage and provide a competitive advantage in the water-market for water companies.”
WWS also confirmed that the plant will be one of the first in the EU to be completely self-contained, meaning that it is not subject to any external regulation.
Winsor and Newton Water will be constructing their first water supply treatment plant in South Wales in 2019, which will also have a capacity of 1,400 litres per day.
Water is now being used to clean up the city, including in the area around the former site of Bath and Barrow, which was used to build the city of Manchester in the 1950s.
This will be followed by a further six new water treatment facilities across the country by 2020.
All these new facilities will be built and operated by the public sector, and by 2019 they will be generating enough water to meet demand for the entire city of Newham.
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