six hundred million pound plan
- Rivers in Warwickshire to get £41 million boost
- Environmental improvement plans up to 2005 unveiled by water giant
- Future water bills to remain among the lowest in the world
Rivers and streams in Warwickshire are set for a £41 million boost from Severn Trent
Water over the next six years under plans approved by the government last week.
Plans for the county include improvements at sewage works serving Hartshill, Wooton
Wawen and Rowington as part of a near £600 million programme to build on improvements in
Midlands river quality brought about by Severn Trent since 1989.
"Were already the key factor in protecting the water environment in the
Midlands from pollution through our work cleaning the communitys waste water to the
highest standards in the world. This new programme will build on that record," said
Severn Trents managing director Brian Duckworth.
"Severn Trent Water has spent a staggering £1.75 billion on improving sewage
works and our network of sewers since 1990 thats £550 for every home whose
waste we clean. And that has delivered an improvement of 27 per cent in river
quality," explained Brian.
Now a programme for the first five years of the next millennium has been outlined. In
Warwickshire key schemes are set for sewage works at Hartshill, Wooton Wawen, Itchen Bank,
Coventry and Rowington. Hundreds of unsatisfactory sewer overflows will also be improved
across the Midlands.
"Of course, this massive programme of work and the other work we have to do
to maintain and improve the record levels of drinking water quality, and simply to keep
our equipment up to date -all needs funding.
"Water bills for our customers in the Midlands are amongst the lowest in the UK,
which in turn are some of the lowest in the world. Wed like to see them stay that
way and still deliver all these improvements," said Mr Duckworth