Flood defence battle plan moves step closer

A storm tank
A storm tank
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FLOODING misery could soon be a thing of the past for residents in Tyldesley after work began on a multi-million pound project to upgrade defences.

United Utilities will spend around £20m on stopping homes being flooded with wastewaster, with the project including building an enormous storm tank 25 metres across and 23 metres deep at the East Lancashire pumping station at Coldalhurst Lane in Astley and fitting larger sewers to the North Lane and Merton Grove areas of the town.

The Tyldesley upgrades are part of an investment package in the North West’s water infrastructure totalling more than £190m over the next 12 months.

United Utilities hopes the engineering schemes will reduce water leaks and sewer flooding, safeguard future water supplies and help protect rivers and bathing waters.

Other engineering projects in the scheme include an £83m scheme to clean up the streams entering the Manchester Ship Canal and a major £100m scheme to improve the treatment of sludge at a wastewater treatment works in Trafford.

The schemes are part of a record-breaking £3.6 billion investment programme for the North West’s water and wastewater network, running between 2010 and 2015, which United Utilities hope will create around 9,000 construction jobs and pump about £9bn into the regional economy.

Gary Dixon, United Utilities’ customer services director, said: “We will be putting customers’ money to good use, by ensuring the region’s water network, treatment works and sewer systems get the investment needed to deliver the service our customers expect.”