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Lancashire is home to some of the region’s most beautiful features. We boast some of the best bathing beaches in the UK spanning from Lytham to Morecambe, popular amongst both local residents and visitors to the region.

The county’s beautiful and expansive countryside is carved by many rivers drained from the Pennines, including the Ribble, Wyre and Lune, all of which drain to the west of the county, and enter the Irish Sea.

With a largely coastal geography, bathing water quality is a priority for customers in Lancashire. 

Each year, we invest millions of pounds in maintaining and improving our rivers, bathing water quality, and water supply network, to make sure it’s the best it can be. 

We have embarked on an ambitious journey to make the North West greener, healthier and stronger. We are investing in our assets across Lancashire to ensure the best water quality.

We’ve already made significant progress in Lancashire including the completion of the £164 million rebuild of Blackburn wastewater treatment works.

The scheme, which included a new transfer pipeline between Darwen and Blackburn, has seen the installation of a revolutionary wastewater treatment technology known as Nereda. 

Serving 400,000 people, the Blackburn site is now the largest purpose-built Nereda process plant in Europe.

Lancashire is also part of the UK’s biggest hi-tech drainage community thanks to United Utilities.

Around 30 homes in Forton, including the local primary school, have received smart water butts and are taking part in a 12-month trial to reduce flooding in the area and stop sewers from becoming overloaded during periods of heavy rainfall. 

We’re proud of the work we do in Lancashire, and a lot is going on. Find out more using the links below:

Aqueduct scheme to increase resillience of water supply for decades to come

Nelson stormwater storage tank nearing completion

£8.2 million investment to clean up wastewater entering River Ribble


Our business plans for Lancashire 2025-2030

To find out more about what we have included in our proposed business plan for Lancashire for the period 2025 to 2030, click here.