PEOPLE in Salisbury are being invited to explore their local sewage treatment works next week.

The unusual event will allow visitors to see how waste is treated.

Sewage Week runs from July 2 to 8 across the Wessex Water region and Petersfinger sewage treatment works, in Salisbury, will open on Thursday, July 3 from 4pm to 7pm. Wessex Water is holding the event to mark 40 years since the water company was formed.

Operators will be on hand at the sewage treatment works to provide tours which will show processes from waste screening to remove incorrectly flushed items to the treatment it receives to ensure it can be safely released back into the environment.

Ashlea Lane, Wessex Water’s head of waste treatment, said: “This is a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of life at our sewage treatment works in a fun and educational way.

“But there’s a serious message behind what we are doing as we’ll be explaining the problems caused when the wrong items are flushed down the loo as well as how fats, oils and greases block sewers when poured down the sink.”

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