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£20 million waste water scheme unveiled by Untied Utilities

A £20 million waste water scheme has been unveiled today by United Utilities to help reduce the flood risk in the Lake District town of Keswick.

The plans have been available for residents to see at an exhibition at the local Moot Hall.

As part of the plans, the quality of water in nearby Bassenthwaite Lake will be improved by removing phosphorous, and the town’s flood defences will be improved. Work started in the town in May and the project has an estimated completion date of 2012.

Improvements include the introduction of a storm water tank and a new pumping station as well as increasing the diameter of the sewage pipe that runs to the local sewage treatment works. Other pipes which make up the sewage network in the town will also be replaced.

Geoff Durkin, project manager stated:

“This is an essential scheme for Keswick.

“Not only will it improve the environment in and around beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake, which is a uniquely
important environment, it will also help prevent flooding from United Utilities’ sewers in the Greta Grove area.

“We are committed to keeping people informed of our progress and seeing what they think.”