The University of Portsmouth has opened an Environmental Technology Field Station at Southern Water‘s Petersfield wastewater treatment works which will be used by researchers an students to study sustainable drainage, wastewater treatment, and contaminated sediments.
The site is the only one of its kind in the UK that is located at an operational sewage works, and Dr John Williams, from the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, said:
“The successful collaboration between the university and Southern Water means students get the chance to see the workings of a real sewage works. It’s fantastic for students to visit the site, throw on hard hats, high-vis jackets and steel-toed boots, and get genuine experience of working with a water company.
We were delighted to show the facility off to guests, particularly the new lab equipment, which allows for complex wastewater testing to measure general water quality and deciphering the fate of contaminants.”