£4.8m water works plan in the pipeline

�4.8m waste project: Fish farm on Emnie Lane
�4.8m waste project: Fish farm on Emnie Lane

A major £4.8m project to improve water quality in Leyland is in the pipeline.

United Utilities have announced plans to upgrade the waste water treatment works on Emnie Lane, in Seven Stars, as part of a project to improve water pumped into the River Lostock.

This will include building a pumping station, odour control plant, and turning a fish farm building into a control centre.

Gerard Ramond, senior project manager for United Utilities, said the project would improve the environment.

He said: “This vital £4.8 million project to upgrade the waste water treatment works at Leyland is great news for the environment.

“We’ll be installing new equipment, including specialist technology which controls PH levels, so that the treated waste water we put back into the River Lostock is of an even higher quality. That means a healthier river for fish, plants and other wildlife.”

They also plan to upgrade facilities to improve ‘sludge’ - the residue left over after treating water which can often be used as fertiliser.

Mr Ramond said: “We’re also taking the opportunity to improve our sludge treatment process, which is where a lot of the investment will be going.

“Sludge is the residue left over after waste water has been treated, and it’s often used as an agricultural fertiliser.

“We’ll be installing new equipment which will make the sludge lighter and of better quality, which means it will be a better product for farmers, and require less tankers to transport.”

The plans have been submitted to South Ribble Council and if successful, work will start in January 2012 and last for around 12 months.