Fisheries students visit water treatment works at Ashford

Students studying on the Level 3 National Diploma in Fisheries Management at Bridgwater College visited the local water treatment works at Ashford this week to see how stream water is turned into drinking water.

Fish Management students outside the water treatment works at Ashford.

The treatment works, run by Wessex Water is situated just two miles from the Cannington Centre and they have a purpose built education centre on site. Ashford treatment works supplies the drinking water to Bridgwater and the surrounding areas.

Martin Coombs, former Operations Manager gave the students an amazing tour of the complex and answered all their questions from start to finish. They saw how the process begins with the collection process into the reservoir to the treatment and disinfection stages and ultimately the finished product.

Programme Manager Iain Turner said,

“As part of the course the students learn about all aspects of water quality and with this excellent resource right on our doorstep we are very lucky.”

Student Elliot Mellish, aged 18 from Yeovil said,

“This was a real eye opener for me, I didn’t realise so much went into making sure we have a plentiful, safe drinking supply.”