Get the latest weekly fluid news direct to your inbox.

Sign up for our free newsletter now.
logo
menu

Investment plans for North-West UK’s waterway systems

news item image

A £230 million (€270 million) programme of environmental investment is under way across the north-west of the UK to improve 184km of the region’s rivers by 2025.
United Utilities has announced the locations where it will be investing in the region’s wastewater systems to make them more resilient to heavy rainfall.
In total, the investment programme will reduce sewer spills into the environment by more than 10 million tonnes a year - the equivalent of 4,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
United Utilities will be upgrading treatment plants and sewer systems at the following locations:
Bolton: United Utilities is planning to build additional storage capacity at Bolton wastewater treatment works and also at seven different locations within the sewer network across the Bolton area. This will reduce the need for storm spills and improve 21km of the River Croal
• Bury: Bury wastewater treatment works will be upgraded so that it can treat more sewage during heavy rainfall. The nearby sewer network will also be improved with additional storage capacity. Together with the investment at Bolton treatment works this will improve 40km of the River Irwell
Rochdale: Castleton wastewater treatment works will be upgraded so that it can treat more sewage during heavy rainfall, improving 5km of Trub Brook
• Worsley: Worsley wastewater treatment works will be upgraded with more storage capacity so that additional sewage flows can be treated during heavy rainfall. This will improve 7km of Astley Brook.
Mossley: Mossley wastewater treatment works will be upgraded so that it can treat more sewage during heavy rainfall. The nearby sewer network will also be upsized with additional storage capacity, improving 20km of the River Tame.
Wigan: The sewer network will be upgraded with additional storage to reduce storm spills. This will improve 1km of Atherton Brook
• Burnley and Hyndburn: Burnley and Hyndburn wastewater treatment plants will be upgraded so that they can treat greater volumes during heavy rainfall, and the sewer network at Pendle and Burnley will be upgraded to provide greater storage capacity. This will improve 23km of Pendle Water and the River Calder
Chorley: Horwich wastewater treatment works will be upgraded so that it can treat more sewage during heavy rainfall. The nearby sewer network will also be improved with additional storage capacity. Together this will improve 38km of the River Douglas. United Utilities is looking at the feasibility of creating a vertical reed bed at one of the storm overflows on the sewer network in Chorley. This will improve 5km of Syd Brook
Rossendale: Rossendale wastewater treatment works will be upgraded to provide greater storm water storage capacity, improving 7km of the River Irwell
Blackburn: Work has already been completed at Darwen and Blackburn wastewater treatment plants to increase the storage capacity. Along with other process improvements, this is already improving 13km of the River Darwen
Runcorn: Runcorn wastewater treatment works will be upgraded to provide greater storm water storage capacity, improving the River Mersey
Newbiggin: Newbiggin wastewater treatment works will be upgraded to increase the volume of wastewater it can treat. This will improve the quality of water in Morecambe Bay
• Carlisle: Carlisle wastewater treatment works will be upgraded to increase the flow into the works, helping treat more sewage in storm conditions. This will improve the River Eden
Gosforth near Eskdale: The wastewater treatment plant at Gosforth has been upgraded to increase the amount of storm water that can be stored before treatment. This will improve the River Bleng.
Windermere: United Utilities is part of the Love Windermere partnership which aims to tackle the challenges facing the lake, including pollution from nutrients, climate change and seasonal tourist numbers. A group of organisations including the research, water, farming, NGO, charity and regulatory sectors are working together on a science-based plan to improve water quality in the lake.
Jo Harrison, director of environment planning and Innovation at United Utilities, said: “At United Utilities, our purpose is very clear – we don’t just supply water, we also want to make the North West greener, healthier and stronger. We work very hard to maintain a high level of environmental performance and we’re pleased that for the second year running we have been awarded the top 4-star rating by the Environment Agency.”