United Utilities investing £9M to upgrade Wilpshire Wastewater Treatment Works

A multi-million pound project to upgrade Wilpshire’s Wastewater Treatment Works is almost complete.

The project which has taken two years to complete, has seen the introduction new wastewater treatment processes, including one which uses microorganisms to remove nutrients from wastewater to improve the quality of the water that is released from the facility.

The project will play an important role in improving water quality in Showley Brook which is a tributary of the River Ribble.

With construction and installation complete, the processes are now undergoing thorough testing and will be operational by the end of the year.

Project Manager Michael Tillery explained: “We’ve installed several new treatment processes which will remove nutrients, reduce phosphate levels and help to improve oxygen levels in Showley Brook.

“Across Lancashire we have invested more than £330 million during the last five years in projects ranging from infrastructure improvements to riverside tree planting schemes, which are enhancing water quality in the River Ribble and its tributaries.”