Community Connectors Chippenham

We are working with communities in Chippenham to achieve shared environmental and social goals.

About Chippenham

Chippenham is a growing market town in the north west of Wiltshire. As a major commuter town, it is an economically affluent area, although there remain areas of deprivation.

We supply the town via a groundwater aquifer that feeds into our Hardenhuish reservoir, where water is stored before it is distributed to customers. Drinking water supplies are also supplemented by our Allington reservoir.

Wastewater is collected from homes and businesses via our sewer network and is treated at our Blackwell Hams water recycling centre before it is safely returned to the environment.

Map of Chippenham town

Hardenhuish reservoir

Ivyfields boreholes

Blackwell Hams water recycling centre

  • Over 36,000

    people live in Chippenham

  • Around 23m

    litres of sewage are cleaned every day in Chippenham during wet weather

  • Around 5m

    litres of water are used per day by homes in Chippenham

About the project

This is a two-year pilot project, which will help us build a new framework for how we support all our communities in the future.

As one of our pilot areas, we have established a local advisory group in Chippenham to help us work with the wider community. Through a series of community engagement activities, we have agreed our shared priorities for change and are co-designing projects to tackle them.

A combination of Wessex Water and community-led projects, funded by the Wessex Water Foundation, will deliver improvements to the environment, benefit the lives of local people and help make progress towards achieving our shared goals.

How are we working with the community?

This project consists of four separate phases to ensure we effectively work with local communities to achieve our shared goals.

What we have achieved so far

In addition to the work we have done with local community groups so far, we have already started having an impact in the following areas.