Sewage works upgrade approved

Tue 3 March 2015, 9:54 am

Thames Water has been granted planning permission for a 250 million upgrade to the Deephams sewage works in Enfield.

The company said the renovation work will reduce odour by 99 per cent and improve efficiency at the works, which currently treats waste from around a million homes. The facility will remain operational during the three-year upgrade project. 

At least 20% of the jobs created will be for local people. The majority of the new posts will be in construction, with administration roles on offer as the project progresses. There will also be opportunities through apprenticeships and an offender rehabilitation employment scheme.

Thames Water head of wastewater treatment, Nigel Watts, said: “We’re grateful to everyone who submitted their feedback on our plans during the two consultation periods last year and are delighted so many people have been supportive of what we’re proposing.

“Getting the go-ahead to make such significant improvements at Deephams is a real boost, and something which will benefit the surrounding area by reducing odour, making it fit for the future and creating jobs; many for local people. Preparation work is already underway and we can’t wait to get started.”

The upgrade, which will include the construction of new storm tanks and odour control units, is due to be completed in autumn 2018. Work will be carried out by contractors Aecom, Murphy and Kier.