A river immortalised in the classic children's book Watership Down is to be cleaned up thanks to a new sewage project.
In the novel, a group of rabbits from Sandleford, near Newbury in West Berkshire, use a floating piece of wood to escape from a dog down the River Enborne.
Thames Water is improving its sewage works at Wash Water which discharges treated wastewater into the Enborne, which later feeds into the River Kennet.
This £2.8m upgrade project, which is pencilled in for completion in March 2013, is part of Care for the Kennet - a campaign the firm is running with the Angling Trust, WWF-UK and Action for the River Kennet.
"During dry spells much of the flow in rivers like the Enborne and the Kennet is treated wastewater from our works, so the better its quality the better the health of these rivers," explained Lawrence Gosden, Thames Water's capital delivery director.
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