Drainage engineers in Keswick are about to start their most ambitious project yet in the town.

Work has been continuing at the Keswick sewerage works for the last year, upgrading the sewage system. But later this year a new storm tank and a pumping station are to be constructed in the centre of the town.

The new storm tank and pumping station will be sited under the Rawnsley Hall car park and the public have been invited to a drop-in session to allay any concerns. It’s hoped that work will start on the site in September, after the annual Keswick Convention.

The United Utilities project manager on the scheme, Simon Povey, stated:

“We have been working flat out behind the scenes for the past year. The new tanks and equipment at the works are really beginning to take shape and it’s almost time for us to start work in Keswick itself.

“This is a hugely important project for the future health of one of Keswick’s most beautiful natural features, Bassenthwaite Lake. It will reduce the amount of potentially-damaging phosphorous that gets into the lake and also help alleviate the risk of our sewer network in Keswick flooding.

“But it will be very important that we get the planning and scheduling right so that our work causes as little disruption to the day-to-day life of Keswick as possible. We have talked to a lot of local organisations and groups over the last few months about how best to go about it.

“We want to hear local people’s views too and are committed to keeping people informed. We hope as many people as possible will make it to our drop-in session.”

The drop-in session will take place in late June.

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