A UK water supplier is receiving £100 million to improve its services.
Southern Water will upgrade supply and wastewater treatment in the regions of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Sussex and Kent.
The loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) will also help improve the quality of bathing water along the south coast and contribute to the mitigation and adaptation of climate change.
A share of the loan (£63m) will be used to re-develop the wastewater treatment works at Woolston in Southampton to meet new standards set by the Environment Agency.
Jonathan Taylor, Vice President of the EIB said: “Long-term investment in water infrastructure is crucial to ensure a secure supply of safe drinking water and effective treatment of wastewater for years to come.”