Investment in waste water plant to benefit River Ouse

River Ouse at Fletching, East Sussex
Image caption The River Ouse is set to benefit downstream from Staplefield works improvements

Upgrades to a treatment works in Sussex are under way to improve the quality of waste water being recycled into the River Ouse.

Southern Water is investing £1.9m into the Staplefield waste water treatment works near Haywards Heath.

New plant and equipment, including treatment units and a pumping station, will replace existing parts of the site.

The company said the work was expected to be completed by the summer of 2012.

Staplefield treatment works serves a population of nearly 250 from the Staplefield area, and can process up to 346,000 litres (76,109 gallons) of waste water per day.

A Southern Water spokesperson said that the work would "ensure the treated waste water that leaves the site continues to meet tough standards set by the Environment Agency".

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