Clean Water for River Bathing at Ludlow

The Shropshire Star reports: Plans to provide 'bathing quality' water in the River Teme in Ludlow have been welcomed by the town's MP.

Philip Dunne said that he hoped Severn Trent's plans for the River Teme could see an improvement in water quality for wild swimming, as well as the ecology of the river.

The company announced that the Teme would be part of a pilot bid to deliver 'bathing quality water'. It is part of measures from water companies for a 'green recovery' from the pandemic.

The Teme was one of two large scale pilot projects announced by Severn Trent Water to improve water quality, alongside the River Leam in Warwickshire. A total of £78m of funding will go towards the pilots, which will be used to focus on a number of measures.

The company wants to "significantly reduce the frequency and impact of discharges from 25 storm overflows and waste water treatment works’ storm tanks", and install ozone disinfection processes at three waste water treatment works. There will also be river water quality monitoring at both trial locations.

Mr Dunne, who has been an increasingly vocal campaigner on the need to address sewage pollution in rivers, said: “I am delighted that the River Teme at Ludlow has been selected by Severn Trent to be one of the first two sites for a large scale pilot project, helping to deliver bathing quality water.