Pipework plans to improve water quality

Residents get a chance to view and discuss Anchorsholme Park plans before work begins next year. Pictured is architect Matt Hill, Pauline Taylor from Groundwork and Steve Wong from United Utilities.
Residents get a chance to view and discuss Anchorsholme Park plans before work begins next year. Pictured is architect Matt Hill, Pauline Taylor from Groundwork and Steve Wong from United Utilities.
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A £13m, three year project to clean one of the North West’s longest water pipes is set to start on the Fylde coast.

The 94-year-old pipe, measuring more than 16km in length, will be cleaned by United Utilities next week.

Running from Westby through to Blackpool, the project is set to improve water quality for more than 50,000 homes and businesses.

A spokesman for United Utilities said: “Our tap water in Blackpool and the surrounding areas has always been of a very high quality and purity. But on occasions we have had incidents of discoloured water. This upgrade work on one of our most important pipelines will mean that local families and businesses can tap into even better water.”

The massive pipeline will be taken out of service for the first time since 1920. Engineers will be working away in the background to make sure that taps keep flowing in the area while they clean and carry out maintenance work on the pipe.

The company spokesman added: “Taking out a pipe which provides so many homes and businesses with water every single day is a massive engineering challenge.

“But we want to reassure our customers we’ve been planning this work for a long time. Our preparation work will even involve us laying a new section of water pipe to make sure nobody notices any change in the service they receive.”

Preparation work will begin in November, before the pipe is temporarily switched off next year.

Engineers will continue to have a presence in the Blackpool, Lytham and St Annes area for the next three years.

Part of the work will be carried out in fields out of the way. While other phases of the work will require temporary road closures and traffic management. The water company is currently speaking with the local highway teams to make sure any disruption is kept to a minimum.

The work by United Utilities follows more than £160m which was spent on improving storm tunnels near the River Ribble, as well as work due to start on drainage at Anchorsholme Park in North Shore, pictured.