Kate visits Davyhulme wastewater works
Stretford and Urmston MP Kate Green visited Davyhulme wastewater treatment works to find out about the history of the plant, the essential services it delivers to her constituents and its bright future with a new sludge treatment plant.
Treatment manager Stuart Smith spoke to Kate about the history of the works, which was built in the 19th century, and how it has always employed many people from the local area. He described its development over the years and how it has adapted to deal with a growing city.
John McNeil, project manager for the new sludge treatment plant at Davyhulme, called SBAP, then gave the MP a tour of the site. The works, under construction, will be one of the largest of its type in the world.
The £100m project will allow the water company to treat wastewater sludge to even higher standards at the Rivers Lane site, generating enough green electricity to run the entire plant. The treated sludge will be converted during the process to a soil conditioner which can be recycled to farmland.
The MP was very impressed with the new project, which will make Urmston one of the biggest generators of renewable energy in the region.
John McNeil, SBAP project manager, said: “This plant is one of the most exciting developments at Davyhulme since it was first built in the 1800s and shows how the works has continued to be at the forefront of technology.”
Kate said: “I was really pleased to visit the treatment works recently. Staff showed me the site, including the important new SBAP project which helps support the “green” agenda. The visit gave me a chance to look at the vital work United Utilities and their staff do – work most of us might not want to think too much about, but which we all depend on for our health and wellbeing .”
Stuart Smith, district treatment manager, said: “We were delighted to show the MP around the treatment works and explain the positive role the plant has played in her constituency for more than 100 years.”