United Utilities Water Investment Plans
Article Date: 3rd February 2017
United Utilities is planning to spend money over the coming financial year to deliver vital engineering schemes which will safeguard future water supplies, reduce water leaks and sewer flooding and help protect rivers and bathing waters.
In Lancashire work is continuing in Blackpool on schemes at Anchorsholme Park and Lennox Gate at a cost of more than £100m. This will reduce sewer spills on the Fylde Coast, building on recent improvements to local bathing waters. By the end of this year work is due to start on a multi-million pound upgrade to the wastewater treatment plants at Blackburn and Darwen, to help improve water quality in the River Ribble. And a £70m upgrade at Morecambe wastewater treatment works will help improve the environment for shellfish and bathing waters in Morecambe Bay.
In Greater Manchester work will continue on a £200m modernisation programme at Davyhulme wastewater treatment works in Trafford, to improve the level of treatment and allow the works to keep pace with the increasing population of Manchester. And in Oldham an £80m project to improve water quality in the River Irk continues with the construction of a new sewer pipeline and new processes at Oldham wastewater treatment works. By the end of this year work is due to start on a £20m upgrade at Failsworth wastewater treatment works and a £22m project to build additional storm water storage at Snipe Clough and other locations in the Oldham area, reducing pollution into the River Medlock.
In Cumbria work will start on a new £300m pipeline to transfer water from Thirlmere reservoir to West Cumbria, helping safeguard water supplies and protect sensitive environments like the River Ehen. In Kendal a £12m upgrade of the town’s wastewater treatment works will help improve water quality in the River Kent. Ulverston will also benefit from a £22m project to reduce pollution of local watercourses during heavy rain, and work will continue in Carlisle on a £13m project to clean key water mains across the city.
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