London 2012 Olympic Park to use recycled waste water.

A new £7m water recycling facility is set to turn Londoner’s waste water into non-drinkable water for flushing toilets and irrigating gardens at the London 2012 Olympic Park.

The Old Ford water recycling plant was officially opened by secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs Caroline Spelman on the 24thNovember with the aim of helping the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) exceed a 40% water-efficiency target for the site.

It is also expected to support London 2012’s pledge to deliver the “most sustainable games possible” and reduce the use of freshwater where possible as well as producing a lasting legacy.

The plant which has been jointly funded by the ODA and Thames Water has the capacity to produce 570,000 litres per day of recycled water, this will then be pumped into the Olympic Park’s network of pipes specifically designed for recycled water, saving the park up to 83 Olympic sized swimming pools worth of drinking water each year.

In total the plant together with other water-efficiency measures is estimated to provide a 58% reduction in the use of tap water at the park.