MORE than £1.5m is to be spent on improving sewers in Blackpool in the next six months.
United Utilities has announced it is spending the extra cash on a massive refurbishment project following a two-year plan to find every blockage or flooding incident on every street in the town.
The first phase of the repairs has started in Imperial Street and will move across the town, finishing in March 2013.
Graeme Jackson, serviceability planner at United Utilities, said: “Sewer flooding is an extremely distressing experience and the scale of this project reflects how seriously we take this problem.
“The work is essential so we can reduce the risk for many properties which have suffered in the past.”
Every waste pipe will be cleaned using high pressure water units then surveyed with CCTV cameras so that engineers can see the condition of each pipe from the inside.
Blackpool has one of the highest incidences of sewer collapses and reported internal flooding problems in the North West.
Water bosses said the renovation and cleansing scheme would improve the reliability and performance of Blackpool’s wastewater network, while protecting homes and businesses from flooding.
More than 4,700 homes will benefit from the scheme which will improve on drainage pipes that date back in many cases to the start of the century.
Coun Tony Lee said the drainage improvements would benefit the town greatly: He said: “Anything to alleviate the problem of flooding is welcome.
“I am all in favour of the work. When people do get flooded its absolutely horrendous – it can be a terrible thing.
“I don’t want to see people bear that hardship. It’s a good thing for Blackpool.”