New plans for sewage plant
A NEW sewage treatment facility could be built in Plympton.
South West Water's plan, which include two more potential sites in Cornwall and Exeter, will be proposed to Ofwat in December.
SWW is working on a final business plan for the new facility, and is planning to consult local people and businesses.
The Advanced Anaerobic Digestion (AAD) Plant is set to be built on the site of the existing sewage treatment plant in Plympton.
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A spokesperson for SWW said: "AAD produces more energy, fewer odours, is more sustainable, costs less and produces a better quality of biosolids that can be more widely used as fertiliser on land. Generating renewable energy keeps South West Water's costs – which are passed on to customers through their bills – lower in the long term."
She added: "If everything goes smoothly, work to build the new plant will start in March 2015 and construction is likely to take two years to complete."
In a recent document called Water Future: Proposals and Choices 2015-2020, SWW outlined its plans for the future.
It said: "Our vision is to upgrade and rationalise our sludge treatment centres to utilise advanced anaerobic digestion."