Severn Trent invites residents in Stroud to learn about £25m upgrade 

Wednesday 1st December 2021

Severn Trent is hosting a community drop-in session for residents in Stroud next week, where they can hear about ambitious plans to upgrade the waste network in their area. 

The water and waste company is investing £25 million to help prevent sewer flooding and river pollution across the Gloucestershire town. This major overhaul of the sewer network includes plans to;

• Install approximately three kilometres of bigger waste pipes to create more capacity during heavy rainfall

• Separate surface water from the sewage network

• Create additional storage with smart controls, holding water back during large storm events and returning it back to the treatment works when the rainfall has subsided 

• Improvements at Stanley Downton Sewage Treatment Works

Nick Burtoft, Lead Project Manager at Severn Trent, said: “We’re passionate about taking care of our environment, which is why we’re taking action in Stroud to protect homes and rivers from sewer flooding. 

“We know this is a topic our customers feel really strongly about. We feel the same, so we’re investing £25 million to completely overhaul the waste network across the town, which will go a long way towards protecting the River Frome and other local watercourses. 

“Communities are set to benefit from increased capacity and state-of-the-art technology that’ll completely transform the waste network that will last for generations.”

Nick added: “Before we start work in early 2022, we want to meet with local people and business owners to share our plans and to listen to any concerns. It’s important to us that people who live and work in the area can give their input.”

Severn Trent recently shared the role it’s playing across the region to give nature a helping hand. The company revealed it’s investing £1.2bn to improve the environment, help sustainability and to support its customers. As part of these plans, the company is reviving 12,000 acres of land and planting 1.3 million trees, culminating in the restoration of 2,000km of rivers.  

Regionally, the company is also investing £355 million to improve sewer overflows, used to protect communities from flooding. Teams are supporting 9,000 farmers to keep pesticides out of rivers too, and by 2025, will also invest a further £566 million in projects which will benefit communities and the environment, including rivers.  

The team from Severn Trent will be at The Subscription Rooms, George Street, Stroud, GL5 1AE on Tuesday 7 December from 4pm to 7pm.