Cleaner Bathing Water for New Brighton

Visitors to New Brighton beach will enjoy cleaner bathing water this summer when work is finished on improving a pumping station.

United Utilities is to spend more than £700,000 on modernising the site, which is next to the promenade at the resort, stopping sewage litter getting into the Mersey estuary.

The improvements will take place in the sewer overflows, which operate when there has been heavy rainfall.

The water running off roads, streets and rooftops drains into the sewer network and the overflows act like safety valves, discharging the excess into the water course.

Sometimes this water can contain sewage litter, such as personal hygiene products and cottonbuds.

New screens of the highest European standard will be installed in the overflows, removing this litter before it gets to the Mersey estuary and New Brighton sea front. The work is scheduled to start in April and will be finished within four months.

Peter Wright, United Utilities implementation manager, said: "This is essential work being carried out to improve the environment. It will mean further improvements for people visiting the beach and cleaner bathing water for everyone to enjoy."

He said disruption would be kept to a minimum. For safety reasons, an area outside the pumping station which is sometimes used by motorists dropping off their small boats, will be fenced off for the workmen to store their equipment. Signs will be put up informing the public of alternative parking arrangements.

The improvements will be carried out between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. It may be necessary to work the occasional weekend.

The work is part of United Utilities' £3 billion water quality and environmental improvement programme, being carried out between 2000-2005 - the largest investment of its kind in the country.

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For further information, please contact Mark Donaghy in the United Utilities newsroom: 01925 233328