Fylde Coast wastewater repairs update

18 Jun 2023

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United Utilities has continued to make good progress to return Fleetwood wastewater treatment works to full operation after a pipe which carries cleaned and treated water 5km out to sea fractured within the grounds of the plant.

While teams work 24/7 to get the engineering fix in place, the Fylde Coast wastewater system is operating at a reduced capacity. Due to thunderstorms and heavy rain on Sunday evening, storm overflows operated along the Fylde Coast tonight.

The current advice to avoid swimming at the following locations remains in place: 

  • Bispham
  • Blackpool Central
  • Blackpool North 
  • Blackpool South 
  • Cleveleys beach
  • Fleetwood
  • St Annes
  • St Annes North

Work is well underway on the major engineering activity to construct a bypass around the fractured pipe which is around 9m underground. More than 2,000 metres of pipeline has already been lifted into place and is being bolted together. When the bypass is up and running the treatment works will be able to run at full capacity again, reducing the need for storm overflows to operate in the event of further heavy rain.

Mark Garth, United Utilities Wastewater Director, said: “We are working around the clock to get things back to normal. Good progress is being made and we are doing all we can to ensure that the wastewater treatment system can operate as it should.

‘We know people will be disappointed they are being advised to avoid swimming in the sea right now but we will continue to work with the Environment Agency and local authorities to get to a position where that advice can be lifted as soon as possible.’