Between April 2010 and March 2015, the AMP5 period, Anglian Water is investing more than £100 million to improve the performance of its sewage treatment works in order to comply with more stringent discharge consents set by the Environment Agency.
This work is driven by various European Union requirements, including the Urban Waste Water Directive, Groundwater Directive, Bathing Waters Directive, Shellfish Waters Directive and the Water Framework Directive.
The natural environment in the east of England is particularly sensitive. Our inland and coastal water sustain a huge variety of natural habitats and species, and many parts of our region are recognised and protected internationally under the Habitats Directive. There are more than 750 sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in the region, the majority of these being rivers and wetlands.
The work at our sewage treatment works will help protect and improve these waters, provide a diverse and important regional amenity, which improves the quality of life for everyone living and visiting our region.