Multimillion pound investment will ensure a continued secure and reliable high-quality drinking water supply


South Staffs Water today (Friday 31 March) celebrated the completion of a multi-million project as part of its ongoing commitment to providing a safe and reliable, high-quality water supply for current and future

Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, joined South Staffs Water employees, contractors and partners at an official ceremony to mark the installation of a new ultra-violet (UV) water treatment facility at the company’s Seedy Mill Treatment Works near Lichfield.

The project has converted two underground wet contact tanks into dry chambers to house a new state of the art facility that will add an additional stage using ultra-violet light to disinfect the water supply.

Pete Aspley, wholesale service delivery directory for South Staffs Water, said: “The use of UV light as a disinfection system is standard practice in the water industry. It is a proven, regulated and environmentally friendly technology that ensures water is free from harmful organisms. It also means less chlorine is needed, reducing the risk of issues with taste and odour.”

The project involved installation of more than 120 valves and four UV reactors, each containing 30 quartz tubes. The facility is one of the largest UV water treatment plants in the UK.

Peteadded: “This is part of the commitment in our current five year business plan to invest over £190m in our assets that as well as water treatment works; includes over 6,000km of pipes, boreholes reservoirs and pumping stations.

“We need to ensure this network can continue to operate to provide a safe and reliable water supply for current and future generations.”

About Seedy Mill Treament Works

  • Water is taken from the Blithfield Reservoir (near Lichfield) and pumped to the nearby Seedy Mill Treatment Works. Once cleaned and treated it is then pumped into the network which includes storage reservoirs and then released into the local supply as needed.
  • The works can treat and pump up to 26 million gallons of water per day and serves a population of 200,000 people in the South Staffs Water area of supply including Burton, Tamworth and Cannock
13 April 2017