9 February 2020,

To ensure London has enough water in the event of a drought, we’ve built a new water treatment works in Beckton, east London.

The Thames Gateway Water Treatment Works will, when required, take water from the tidal Thames and use a process called desalination to remove the salt, producing high-quality drinking water.

This is mainland UK’s first desalination plant. It has been designed to be as efficient and sustainable as possible.

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