Brendan Clarke-Smith MP visits Severn Trent's treatment works in Nottingham 

30th June 2022

Brendan Clarke-Smith MP with Severn Trent's Karen Eynon

Severn Trent recently welcomed Brendan Clarke-Smith, MP for Bassetlaw, to the Manton sewage treatment works to learn how wastewater is treated and to hear more about Severn Trent’s Get River Positive campaign.

Get River Positive was launched in March, in collaboration with Anglian Water, to provide a clear and actionable response to calls for a revival of rivers in England. Central to the pledges is a commitment that work carried out by the company will ensure storm overflows and sewage treatment works do not harm rivers.  

Karen Eynon from Severn Trent, who hosted the visit, said: “It was a pleasure to host this visit and to be able to discuss both the measures that we take to improve the quality of river water in our region, and the efforts that we go to in order to try and combat issues such as the flushing of plastic wipes.

“Mr Clarke-Smith was really supportive of our work and our broader Get River Positive campaign. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank him for taking the time for this visit.”

Brendan Clarke-Smith MP, said: “It was fascinating to see the process and stages involved in the treatment of wastewater, and to hear more about Severn Trent’s commitments to improve the quality of our rivers and waterways across Bassetlaw.”

Find out more about Get River Positive at

Severn Trent's Get River Positive commitments

1. Ensure storm overflows and sewage treatment works do not harm rivers
2. Create more opportunities for everyone to enjoy our regions‘ rivers
3. Support others to improve and care for rivers
4. Enhance our rivers and create new habitats so wildlife can thrive
5. Be open and transparent about our performance and our plans