Doncaster to be home to a new natural water treatment site
A wetland area in Doncaster will become a natural, sustainable, low carbon way to treat water before it returns to the environment.
Yorkshire Water is introducing the site at Clifton Sewage Treatment Works.
The area is approximately the size of three Olympic swimming pools and will feature interconnected ponds and 20,000 wetland plants.
Michael Housby, lead project manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “This project is the first of its kind in Yorkshire and will provide a range of benefits at our Clifton treatment works, not only for the way we treat wastewater, but also for the local environment.
“The new wetland will reduce the reliance on energy-heavy treatment processes and provide a sustainable way to remove phosphorus while creating wildlife diversity and achieving a biodiversity net gain.
“As part of the project we will be looking to engage with the local community and plan to offer opportunities for local groups and schools to come to the treatment works to help plant some of the 20,000 plant that will carry this natural treatment.”
Yorkshire Water said this new process will improve the quality of water and increase biodiversity in the area.
It is expected to be completed in autumn 2021.
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