New £50million water treatment plant could be built in Plymouth
A NEW £50 million water treatment plant could be built north of Plymouth as part of a flag-ship development by South West Water.
The state-of-the-art facility could be built at Roborough, sweeping away the plant at Crownhill, built in the 1950s.
Plans came to light in the company’s 25-year business plan published today.
The “Waterfuture What’s In the Pipeline” document covers the 2015 - 2040 period and outlines how the water giant will tackle sewerage infrastructure, floods and future investment.
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Chris Loughlin, chief executive at the company said the new multi-million pound treatment works was one of a number of options on the table.
He said: “One of South West Water’s priorities is to meet the water supply demands created by Plymouth’s continuing expansion to the north.
“We are considering various long term options including a £50 million scheme to build a new state-of-the art treatment works in the Roborough area.
“Potentially this could free up our current site at Crownhill for possible redevelopment.”
While the document falls short of revealing on how much the overall work will cost over the 25-years, customers are assured it will be spread over time to avoid “dramatic” increases in bills.
The paper states: “Average bills are forecast to increase by around 0.5 per cent per annum above inflation between 2015 - 2040 to pay for the investments that customers support and legislation requires.
“Changes in costs and the need for increased maintenance as assets age mean that in any five year period customer bills could increase by more than this.
“We will target the timing of the investment programme over the next 25 years to allow gradual, rather than dramatic, changes to customer bills wherever possible.
“This will avoid placing a burden on a particular generation.”
Company bosses said they want customers to comment on all aspects of the plan including future price limits.
They remind customers bills depend on a five-yearly price review with companies presenting their business plans to the industry’s regulator Ofwat.
The next price review is in 2014 and will determine water bills for the 2015 - 2020.
South West Water supplies more than 700,000 households and 70,000 businesses
across the region.
Some 415 million litres of water is distributed per day with 480 million litres of waste water treated every day.
Mr Loughlin said first and foremost the company’s strategy was designed to deliver the services customers depend on in the most cost-efficient and environmentally responsible way possible.
He said: “We’ve achieved a great deal over the last two decades. The challenge now is to build on that success.
“We must continue to meet the needs of a population that is set to grow significantly, while also ensuring that we can deal with the implications of extreme weather and increased legislation.”