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Camels Head Sewage Treatment Works, Plymouth

South West Water would like to thank customers for their patience during the ongoing repair work at Camels Head Sewage Treatment Works.

Technical problems with the inlet screens have resulted in the valves on the primary settlement tanks becoming blocked with grit and other debris. We informed Plymouth City Council, ward councillors, MPs and residents about the repair work as soon as the problem became known to us.

We are currently using tankers to take waste to Plymouth Central Sewage Treatment Works for processing while we work to fix the problem.

We are trying to minimise the impact this extra traffic and potential odour may have on local residents by only using the tankers at night where possible. We have cleaned the tanks and are using odour sprays on the site to minimise the smell.

At Plympton, we are working hard to minimise odours in the hot weather. We are injecting sludge with a chemical which reduces the release of  hydrogen sulphide and using air odour spray to reduce smells. 

Published: 4 July 2013
Updated: 13 July 2013

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South West Water

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