Why is this expansion needed?
Saltford Water Recycling Centre treats sewage and wastewater from Bath and the surrounding area before it is safely returned to the environment.
The current site, shown on maps from 1914, was expanded in the 1960s but, apart from two large storm tanks and four filter beds installed in the early 2000s, has largely remained unaltered in the years since.
With the local population projected to expand in future years, further development is now necessary to ensure the enhanced regulations to improve river water quality will be met.
The Saltford centre also forms part of Wessex Water’s nutrient removal programme within the Bristol Avon Catchment.
One of 66 water recycling centres within that catchment, Saltford currently contributes between seven and 12 per cent of the total catchment removal of nutrients entering local watercourses, preventing blue green algae and endangering aquatic life.
These facilities are being extended as the site expands.