Two river clean up projects in Chorley - part of a wider £13m waterways scheme in the town - are set to be completed soon.
The United Utilities scheme for the River Yarrow has resulted in the firm building two new storm-water storage tanks at Charnock Richard and behind St Oswald’s Church, Coppull. It is on course to meet deadlines set by the Environment Agency.
The Charnock Richard tank is the equivalent size of eight Olympic swimming pools.
Previously, during heavy rainfall, Tanyard Brook would be overwhelmed with untreated rainwater which would spill into the Yarrow. The tanks will now increase the capacity of the sewer network, with the excess water being pumped back for treatment instead of overflowing into the brook.
Kerry Towers, project co-ordinator for United Utilities, said: “This increase in sewer capacity means a cleaner river and a cleaner brook.”
Ward Coun Paul Leadbetter said: “For such large projects to be completed on time is credit to the team involved and the co-operation, patience and understanding of residents.”
Father Mayne, priest at St Oswalds Church, said: “The representatives of United Utilities, Balfour Beatty and the archdiocese have worked together in a most constructive manner and my hopes for a smooth construction job have been more than fulfilled.”
The first project, to install new filter screens off Blackmoor Lane, Mawdesley, ended in October. The final phase, building a storage tank in Eccleston, starts in July. It is part of UU’s £3.5bn investment programme to improve drinking water, the environment and wastewater infrastructure.