Kendal Wastewater Treatment Works

Kendal Wastewater Treatment Works suffered significant flood damage following the storms in December 2015 which had a huge impact on our day to day site operations.  Production Manager, Simon Holding explains more in this short video. 

The outfall pipe which releases treated water into the River Kent became a casualty of the storm. To keep the site operating we installed an emergency pipe, which was then replaced by a temporary underground pipe to allow the footpath to be re-opened.

Our team started work to begin installing a new permanent outfall pipe to take the treated water into the River Kent. Due to the extremely hard rock conditions, it proved difficult to create a trench and the work was temporarily paused while further investigation work was carried out.

Work has now restarted and we're using a different construction method to tunnel under the river and install a new section of pipe. 

What will the work involve?

To make sure our team can carry out the work safely, we have temporarily closed the perimeter footpath around our treatment works next to the River Kent.  As soon as it safe to do so, we'll reopen the footpath. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Our team will be working Monday - Friday from 7am until 7pm on our next stages of work which will involve:

November 2022: Completing work to ensure the vertical opening which the specialist tunneling machine used to create the new pipeline route under the river remains water tight.

December 2022: Begin installing segements of concrete rings to create a secure access to the bottom of the vertical opening - so we're then ready for the tunneling stage of work.

We'll provide updates to the local community as we progress. In the New Year we expect to be ready to start the tunneling activity.  This will require 24/7 working for around six weeks.  Understandably, this type of work requires large construction machinery which will generate noise and vibrations. We will be installing specialist monitoring equipment to keep a close 'ear' on this . 

Helping us deal with the extra toilet flushes!

We've now completed a pioneering project to install an innovative new system at the wastewater treatment works. It's a clever process which uses less energy than conventional treatment methods, the process is known as 'Nereda' and is now being developed at some of our other wastewater treatment sites.

We've also carried out further elements of upgrade work which will help to provide further improvements to the quality of water which is released into the River Kent. 

If you have any queries about our work you can call us on 0345 672 3723 quoting project number 80043568.  We’ll be happy to help.