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09 December 2011

London 2012 Olympic Park to use recycled wastewater
A new 7m water recycling facility is set to turn Londoner's wastewater 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 last week (November 24), 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.

Commenting on the project, Ms Spelman said: "Despite our reputation as a rainy country, we may face a future with less rainfall and less certainty about when that rain will fall. If we want to make sure we have a reliable supply of water in the future we all need to play our part now.

"Projects like this, which safely recycle water and prevent the need for fresh water to be used where it isn't needed, have a crucial role to play. Next month, we will set out our plans to ensure there is safe and secure water supply in the future."

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