Plans detailing a £9m project to boost the water quality in Rostherne Mere are being put on show by United Utilities.

The water company needs to complete a new 5km pipeline from Mere Plant pumping station to Bowdon Wastewater Treatment Works, as part of an environmental improvement scheme.  This will benefit the water quality in Rostherne Mere, a wetland of international importance and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The project agreed with the Environment Agency aims to stop the current storm overflows from the wastewater pumping station at Mere Platts entering the Mere.  This will help improve the water quality in the Mere for the benefit of birds and other wildlife.

A public exhibition event will take place at Egerton Hall, Rostherne, Cheshire, WA16 6RZ between 1.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday, August 3.  Anyone is welcome to drop in and look at plans and talk to the project team.

Project Manager Jonathan Clarke said:  “We take our environmental responsibility very seriously and we have designed a sustainable solution to help improve the water quality in Rostherne Mere.”

“We are working with Natural England to ensure we use appropriate working methods and our engineers have worked for over two years planning the project.”

“Following consultation, we made several redesigns of the scheme and the selected pipeline route will follow the line of an existing pipe, which will minimise the impact on the environment and our customers.”

“We have presented our plans to Rostherne Parish Council and this public exhibition will allow us to discuss the project in more detail with the local community.”

United Utilities aim is to have the project complete in time to benefit wintering birds nesting in the Mere from 2018 onwards.