Upgraded water treatment works wins industry award
The site has undergone some major improvements, which will reduce how often storm water spills from the sewers into the sea and in turn improve the bathing water quality in Morecambe Bay.
Work carried out by United Utilities started three years ago on the £70 million (€77 million) project, which is expected to be completed next year.
The big project included building two large storm water storage tanks and new pumps at its Schola Green Pumping Station, upgrade Morecambe Wastewater Treatment Works at Middleton and the laying of a new 7km sewer pipe between the two sites.
The new sewer pipe will run from the pumping station, underneath the railway line, around Morecambe FC ground, along Westcliffe Drive, across the Heysham Bypass (A683) and Middleton Road before entering Morecambe Treatment Works.
Most of the construction work required to install the pipe was on private land.
At Morecambe Wastewater Treatment Works, United Utilities has also upgraded the existing treatment process so that it uses the latest technologies and ensures the effluent leaving the works meets Environment Agency standards.
The project picked up the award for utility project of the year at the British Construction Industry Awards.