Work has already started on a £21 million upgrade scheme to give residents on the Wirral cleaner water. United Utilities are going to upgrade trunk main systems across the region and around 40km of piping will be either cleaned or replaced with new plastic pipe.
The work has to be done to remove sediment in the pipes that has settled over the years. The sediment, which is harmless, can build up over time and cause problems such as the discolouration of water.
The first phase of work, which will take six weeks to complete, will take place in Ellesmere Port on Pooltown Road. Temporary traffic management systems will be in place while the work is carried out.
The project manager, Mike Addison, stated:
“This work is essential for water quality. Over time, pipes can fur up on the inside and deposits of iron and manganese get into the water. Although harmless, it can cause some discolouration and we are keen to tackle it.
“Cleaning or replacing the pipes will ensure Wirral households can continue to enjoy high quality drinking water for many years to come. It’s a big undertaking, which is why we will be carrying out the work in several phases.
“We are aiming to deliver the work on Pooltown Road with a minimal amount of disruption. Thankfully, a road closure will not be necessary, but we would advise motorists to add a few minutes to their journey times, given that temporary traffic lights will be in place.”
United Utilities are currently upgrading water and drainage systems across the North West as part of their commitment to improve the services that they provide