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Ingol wetland receives further award

We’re delighted to announce that the Ingoldisthorpe Wetland creation project has received ‘Net Zero Carbon Initiative of the Year’ at the Water Industry Awards.

Funded by Anglian Water, the wetland was delivered in partnership by Norfolk Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency to naturally filter outflow water from Anglian Water’s existing treatment works, known as Ingoldisthorpe Water Recycling Centre (WRC). The native plants within the “pools” of water remove ammonia and phosphorous from the treatment outflow, which would otherwise be removed by a carbon and energy-intensive process, before the purified water is released into the environment – in this case being the chalk-fed River Ingol.

The judges commented: “The introduction of the first treatment wetland of its kind in England at the River Ingol demonstrates the low-tech sustainable approach to water treatment. The wetland is a natural treatment plant for millions of litres of water a day, and has avoided building carbon-hungry infrastructure. This was a clear concept and a unique solution. Congratulations Anglian Water and Norfolk Rivers Trust!”

Two years since creation, this ground-breaking system not only demonstrates an effective and sustainable low-cost approach to improving water quality, but also provides a valuable biodiversity asset and highlights what can be achieved when working together.

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