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    beesdee wrote:
    bazzeroz wrote:
    Quote: 'with two new tanks measuring the length of 10 double decker buses'
    Why use double decker buses as a measurement? So, how long are they? The majority of double decker buses in the UK are between 9.5 metres (31 ft 2 in) and 11.0 metres (36 ft 1 in) long, the latter being more common since the mid-1990s, though there are three-axle 12 metres (40 foot) models in service. Stupid comparison!
    Ha ha! It's about time someone came up with an official comparison chart (Compare the perhaps) so we can all be sure what we're dealing with here!
    With the Olympic Games in mind, it's funny how nobody feels the need to explain that the 1500m race length is equivalent to 30 'Olympic size swimming pools'..
    PS are you a bus-spotter by any chance?
    NO! Ding ding. (Wiki helped, lol)"
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Sewage works’ £25m upgrade under way

Sewage works’ £25m upgrade under way

Sewage works’ £25m upgrade under way

First published in Environment Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A £25 million upgrade to a sewage works once notorious for blighting people nearby with a pungent pong is now underway.

Millbrook Wastewater Treatment Works in Western Docks is being revamped in two phases with two new tanks measuring the length of 10 double decker buses.

The project will be completed in the summer of 2014.

Southern Water project manager Julie Anne Stokes said: “This is a major investment, the result of which will be a modern treatment works for this area of Southampton which will have many environmental benefits for the Solent.

“We’ve completed about 25 per cent of the first phase and remain on target – an achievement when you consider the bad weather we had in April.”

Following the upgrade Millbrook will have the capacity to treat up to 73 million litres of wastewater per day from a population of about 140,000 people.

The overhaul will see parts of the site rebuilt and the treatment process enhanced so that the water leaving the site meets tightening environment Agency standards.

During the project, the 50- strong construction team will use about 9,000 cubic metres of concrete – enough to fill nearly four Olympic-sized swimming pool – plus 9,000 ft of new cable ducts and about 11,000 tonnes of reinforcement steel.

Nearly one mile of new pipelines will also be laid.

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