Open day at water works in Arlington

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Visitors at an open day at Arlington Reservoir near Berwick learned how rain water becomes drinking water.

Guests joined staff from South East Water at the treatment works close to Arlington reservoir to find out the processes involved in collecting, storing and cleaning water before it is delivered to households across the south east.

Visitors toured the treatment plant, where 17.4 million litres of water are made safe to drink each day.

Staff explained how impurities in the water are removed through four stages and samples are tested for purity before it is pumped through a network of pipes to homes and businesses across the area.

Among the visitors was Sylvia Hoaen, of the NHS Retirement Fellowship. She said: “We were intrigued, impressed and amazed with all that has to happen to provide us with our glass of clean drinking water. It will never be taken for granted again.”

Kevin Clark, South East Water’s Regional Production Manager, said: “We were really pleased to open our doors and show visitors the work that goes in to providing our customers with their drinking water.

“Every drop of our water comes from rainfall, but there are several stages it has to go through to ensure it meets the highest standards. Because we are all used to simply turning on the tap and expect safe water, we don’t always think about how it gets there. Open days like these are important in showing our customers what’s involved in turning rainwater into drinking water.”

To register your interest in joining a tour or to find out about activities at the reservoirs, go to

Arlington Water Treatment Works is next open on October 18.