Severn Trent has announced it will invest over £250 million into its storm overflows to improve river health in Worcestershire.

The company outlined its 25-year plan up to 2050 to reduce spills across the county's 134 storm overflows.

This could see the implementation of increased storage tanks and green nature-based solutions.

Understanding and monitoring river health stand at the forefront of the plan, thus the company will ensure 100 per cent of its storm overflows are equipped with monitors.

With the analysis of around 300 million pieces of data per year, this will aid Severn Trent in prioritising investments that will most significantly enhance their facilities.

The Worcestershire investment is only a part of a larger £4.4 billion funding that encompasses 2,472 storm overflows across the Severn Trent region, in line with the company's Storm Overflow Action Plan (SOAP).

The ultimate goal is to reduce spillages into water courses across the county.

By 2040, high priority areas are expected not to overflow more than 10 times in an average year and in all areas by 2045, which is five years ahead of government targets.

Worcester News: Severn Trent outlined its 25-year plan up to 2050 to reduce spills across the county's 134 storm

Severn Trent's chief engineer, Bob Stear said: "This is a huge long-term investment plan for Worcestershire, improving storm overflows and bringing benefits to rivers now and during the coming years.

"Today’s announcement marks another significant milestone in our drive to deliver real improvements in river health.

"This is why we launched Get River Positive that has already delivered great results, despite the region having experienced seven named storms between September and December, contributing to some of the wettest months on record.

"And we know there is still more to do, which is why this investment is so important – not just to us, but to our region’s rivers and the communities they serve."

Severn Trent has also made several other investments under its Get River Positive initiative.

Such investments include a committed £30 million to improve effluent quality at Spernal, Priest Bridge, and Astwood Bank sewage treatment works; £2.7 million to remove phosphorus from wastewater at Alvechurch, and £3.5 million to enhance effluent quality from Sedgeberrow sewage treatment works.

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