The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) made the announcement today (May 31) that the water company has been appointed as a tier three sponsor.

As part of the deal, Thames Water will provide all water utility and waste water services at London 2012 venues.

Thames Water can add this victory to the contract they won with the Olympic Delivery Authority to build the UK’s largest black water recycling plant on the edge of the Olympic Park.

The facility, will produce 570,000 litres of water from Londoners’ sewage for non-drinking purposes including the heating and cooling of the Olympic Park’s Energy Centre.

The facility will provide enough non-drinkable water to flush more than 80,000 toilets each day. As well as being used for toilet flushing in the main buildings and venues, it will be used to irrigate the parklands and fields of play within venues and for heating and cooling operations in the Energy Centre.

Thames Water chief executive, Martin Baggs, said: “It is fitting that as the UK’s biggest water utility company we should provide our essential service to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Water is a precious resource, which we must use wisely – and we are glad London 2012 recognises this as it plans to deliver a sustainable Games.”

Thames Water management have plenty to be pleased about at the moment as the Olympics news comes hot on the heels of the company’s win at the Procurement Leaders 2011 Excellence Awards on May 23 in the innovation category.

Alison Brown

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