United Utilities completes £6m investment at Worsley WwTw

United Utilities has invested £6m in improving the water quality of Astley Brook in Worsley. 

The North West’s water company has completed a number of projects at the treatment works in the area to improve a 7km stretch of Astley Brook. 

Works have now been completed on a 500,000 cubic metre detention tank to help reduce the number of times storm overflows operate into the brook during periods of heavy rainfall.  New technology has also been installed that will reduce the levels of phosphorous in the final effluent that is returned to the environment from the treatment works. 

These improvements will play its part in boosting the ecological status of that stretch of the brook to ‘good.’

Alicja Solarczyk, Project Manager from United Utilities, said: “It’s fantastic to see that all the work on site has now been completed.  This is a really important project that will make significant improvements to the water quality on this stretch of the Alder Brook and is part of our wider commitment to improve 184km of waterways across the region over the next two years.”

The project was delivered in conjunction with United Utilities’ construction delivery partner Advance+.

As part of its Better Rivers; Better North West campaign, United Utilities has committed to reduce the number of spills from storm overflows by at least a third, between 2020 and 2025. This will be supported through a £230m investment programme at sites across the region, leading to 184km of improved waterways.