An innovative approach to sewerage is helping reduce the environmental impact of the London Olympics.
Thames Water's Old Ford water recycling plant, which was built as part of a joint project with the Olympic Delivery Authority, is helping reduce the Olympic park's reliance on premium-quality drinking-grade water by up to 58 per cent by recycling water used by London residents.
It takes wastewater carried by the Northern Outfall Sewer just 36 hours to be treated at the Old Ford plant and then pumped into the village to provide flushing water for the toilet's of Olympians.
"The Old Ford plant will stop fresh water being used where it isn't needed, helping to make this the greenest games ever," said water minister Richard Benyon.
Rupert Kruger, Thames Water's head of innovation, added: "It's amazing to think the world's elite athletes are using recycled sewage, sent down U-bends at homes in north London just a day or so earlier."
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