The sweet smell of success, filled Canvey’s sewage works as MP Dr Bob Spink officially opened a £372,000 extension. The Castle Point backbencher unveiled a plaque together with Anglian Water’s chairman, Bernard Henderson, to mark the extension in Thames Road. The building works refurbished almost all the treatment stages at the site, which serves the whole of Canvey and copes with an average daily flow of 2.3 million gallons.
Speaking after the ceremony Dr Spink said: “I am delighted with the extension. It was work that was done at a cost of £372,000 and will extend the life of that sewage works for 20 to 25 years. Canvey is fairly low-lying and getting rid of their sewage is a very important aspect in the quality of people’s lives.”
The work was carried out to cope with an increasing population, currently 45,000 customers, and more rigorous standards imposed by the National Rivers Authority.