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Hanningfield Water Treatment Works

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Sandon Valley House, Canon Barns Road, East Hanningfield, Chelmsford CM3 8BD

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The Hanningfield Water Treatment Works near Chelmsford treats up to 240 million litres of water a day from Hanningfield Reservoir, supplying drinking water to a large part of Essex and parts of East London. This includes Southend, Thurrock and the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. The tour will also coincide with the 60th anniversary of Hanningfield Reservoir, which officially opened in September 1957.

The tour will show how raw reservoir water is treated and processed to produce excellent quality drinking water in the most sustainable way possible. This includes the ground breaking natural reed bed system, which is the first of its kind in the world. The innovative system naturally recycles water from sludge without the need for chemical or mechanical processes, and has been recognised nationally for its outstanding environmental performance.

The Water Treatment Works has also been a popular location for filming in recent years and has been visited by Hollywood royalty, with Brad Pitt filming for the blockbuster ‘World War Z’ at the site in 2011, and Tom Cruise shooting scenes for ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ in 2013. The Works have also been used in a video for the rapper Example and the BBC drama series, ‘Spooks’.


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