Waste, we all create it.

But why is Petersfield’s human waste so important?

Join us as Professor John Williams of Portsmouth University introduces one of Petersfield’s least-known facilities, and explains how our sewerage is contributing to developing solutions to real world environmental problems.


Environmental Technology Research at Petersfield

Did you know that tucked away on the outskirts of town Petersfield’s wastewater treatment works is home to a unique facility dedicated to developing more sustainable ways of managing the impact our waste and associated activity has on the planet?

This Environmental Technology Field Station (ETFS), a partnership between Portsmouth University and Southern Water, allows students and researchers to study, research and improve drainage systems, the detection of contaminants in soil and water, and the short-term and long-term management of waste.

Join us for a fascinating talk by Professor John Williams, Director of the ETFS, where you’re hear about this important facility, the work they carry out and the positive real-world impact they achieve.

 Monday,19 Feb 2024 at 19:30,

United Reform Church Hall, College Street, Petersfield


Light refreshments will be served and wine available.

Doors open at 19:00 – All are welcome

Please book this FREE event so that we know numbers for catering


Our speaker:

Professor John B Williams, BSc, PhD, MCIWEM, CWEM, CEnv, FHEA


Professor Williams is a Professor of Environmental Technology and research lead for the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying.

He is Director of the Environmental Technology Field Station, a unique facility based at Petersfield wastewater treatment works.  This facility has laboratories and test beds which fascilitate work on pilot scale treatment systems using real sewage.  It is the base for a major collaboration with Southern Water and also hosts pilot plants with other industrial collaborators.

This is the first in a series of events being planned this year uncovering some of the hidden gems of Petersfield, and peeling back the layers to some of the lesser-known fascinating things going on in the town.

Watch the website and keep an eye on your email for information on future events.