Water recycling plant opens to serve Olympic Park role

Recycled sewage will be used to water the gardens and lawns at the Olympic Park.

A £7m recycling plant was opened last week by environment secretary Caroline Spelman on the Stratford site of a former sewage works. It produces 570,000 litres of recycled water a day, pumped into the park's pipe network.

It will save parks staff using up to 83 Olympic-size swimming pools worth of drinking water every year, said the Olympic Delivery Authority. This will help it far exceed its 40 per cent water-efficiency target.

Water from the plant, which has a green roof, will also be used to flush toilets.

Martin Baggs, chief executive of co-funder Thames Water, explained: "This system provides water of different standards for different purposes. Water is a precious resource that we must use wisely."

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