Residents in Somerset are being invited to explore Crewkerne, Wincanton and Pen Mill sewage treatment works at the beginning of July. This unusual event will allow visitors to see what happens once they have flushed the toilet or pulled the plug and how their waste is treated.
Sewage Week runs from the 2nd to the 8th of July across the region, which is overseen by Wessex Water. It has been launched in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the water company being formed and will take place at 22 sewage treatment works in the region.
Operators who work at the treatment works will be on hand to provide tours which will show how the waste is screened in order to remove incorrectly flushed items right through to the process which ensures that it can be safely released back into the environment.
The head of Wessex Water’s head of waste treatment said that this was a rare opportunity for visitors to get a glimpse of life at the sewage treatment works in a fun and educational manner. However, she explained that there will be a serious side to the tours as they aim to explore the problems that are created when the wrong items are flushed down the toilet as well as the effect of fats, oils and grease being poured down the sink.
The spokesperson added that the company is always quite surprised at just how popular the tours are, as often people don’t think about what happens to waste as well as the people who treat it.
The company said that booking for the tours will not be required and that visitors should just turn up to their preferred works on the day. The company held a similar event around 20 years ago, where over 7000 people attended.