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CP226  Emergency Overflows from Sewage Pumping Stations Sewerage
There are over 20,000 sewage pumping stations in the UK. The Environment Agency (EA) has highlighted concerns about increasing prosecution for pollution and has indicated a need for Utilities to establish better management controls and seriously address pollution issues, especially at sewage pumping stations. One objective of this project is to evaluate the mechanisms behind specifying and consenting emergency overflows at such sites.

Current consent procedures require 'adequate arrangements for a quick response to minimise pollution ... dependant upon local circumstances'.There are a number of mechanisms e.g. telemetry, storage and tankering that can form part of the consent, plus event recording / clean-up activities. This project will examine, determine, prioritise and cost options (including use of emerging technologies) to provide lead indicators / best practice in dealing with emergency overflows from sewage pumping stations.

Benefits to Clients

  • Improved specifications / consent conditions for the range of pumping station locations and aquatic environments.
  • Reduced risk of failure and reduction in pollution incidents.
  • Minimised fines to Utilities when something goes wrong (average prosecution fines for a pumping station spillage is £16,000 plus additional legal clean up costs).
  • Re-affirmed confidence in the management of the national asset base of sewage pumping stations.
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