Buerton and Audlem sewer improvements

Once the used water from showers and toilets goes down the drain, our job begins to help transport it along a huge network of sewer pipes to one of over 560 treatment works, before it's clean enough to return to the natural environment. 

To help the network operate more efficiently, we're reducing the facilities at Buerton and installing a new sewer pipeline which will transfer the wastewater through to our Audlem site.

We submitted planning applications to Cheshire East Council in October 2021 for both sites. In June 2022, we hosted a drop-in information event at Audlem Public Hall to update the community on our plans.

We have now started work on both sites. Further information on our plans for each site can be found below.

  • What will the improvement work at Buerton involve?

    Our plans include closing the existing site and building a pumping station. The new pumping station will be located on land next to the site, and a new access route created. The detailed site layout provides information about our plans which were updated in April 2022.

    Access would continue from the current route along Festival Avenue during the construction period. Our plans also include tree and shrub landscaping around the new pumping station on completion of the proposed work.

    A new underground sewer pipeline will be installed along part of Woore Road to transfer flows through to Audlem Wastewater Treatment Works. We are planning to start work on this in Summer 2022. Details of the pipeline route are available here.

    Additional land purchase: Due to the location of existing pipework, the new pumping station will need to be located outside of our existing site boundary, so we'll need to purchase the additional piece of land.

    Temporary compound area: During the construction period we would need to create a temporary compound to accommodate our team, materials and construction equipment.

  • What will the improvement work at Audlem involve?

    Our plans to improve the site include building new tanks and associated treatment control equipment.  The site boundary would need to expand to accommodate the new structures. The detailed site layout provides information about our plans

    We'll continue to use the existing site access off Whitchurch Road next to Weaver View during the construction period and our plans include tree and shrub landscaping around the new equipment on completion of the proposed improvement work.

    A new underground sewer pipeline will be installed along part of Woore Road to transfer flows through to Audlem Wastewater Treatment Works. We are planning to start work on this in Summer 2022. Details of the pipeline route are available here.

    Additional land purchase: The area for the proposed new equipment falls outside our existing site boundary, so we'll need to purchase the additional area of land.

    Temporary compound area: During the construction period we would need to create a temporary compound to accommodate our team, materials and construction equipment.

  • We understand that construction work can be inconvenient and our teams would ensure we keep the communities around both of our sites updated as our plans progress.

    Construction activity: Our normal working hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. There may be occasions when we need to work outside of these hours, but we’ll do our best let local residents know in advance if this is due to happen. You may notice an increase in construction related vehicles and we’ll be using machinery that will generate noise. Our site team will do all they can to keep this to a minimum.

    Wash, flush…carry on as normal: Don’t worry, you will still be able to use all your existing appliances or facilities that take away the used water from your home or business just as you usually would while the work is carried out.

    • Construction work on both sites has begun and work to install the new sewer pipeline would begin later this summer. We expect work to finish by Winter 2023.

    • We understand that construction work can be inconvenient. If you need to get in touch please give our friendly team a call on 0345 672 3723 and quote project number 80061711. We’ll be happy to help.
  • We're making improvements to the sewer network in Buerton and Audlem but problems in the sewers can often be caused by flushing wet wipes down the loo or pouring fats, oils and grease down the sink. To find out more about what you can do to help Stop the Block! take a look at the information and advice.