Waste water engineers in Keswick are holding an exhibition at the local Moot Hall to show residents plans of £20million sewer upgrade.

The upgrade to Keswick’s waste water system will see sewage pipes connecting the local treatment works increase in diameter, a new pumping station built and a new waste water storm tank built underground in Rawnsley Hall car park. Other works will see many of the towns aged sewer pipes replaced.

United Utilities, who are undertaking the drainage improvement works, say that the quality of the water in Bassenthwaite Lake will also improve after discharges into the river Derwent and river Greta will be more closely monitored and improved so phosphorous levels in the water will be reduced.

Geoff Durkin, Untied utilities project manager stated:

“This is an essential scheme for Keswick.

“Not only will it improve the environment in and around beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake, which is a uniquely important environment, it will also help prevent flooding from United Utilities’ sewers in the Greta Grove area.

“We are committed to keeping people informed of our progress and seeing what they think. Please come along and see us. You don’t need to make an appointment.”

Work in the town centre will take place after the Christmas tourist rush to avoid congestion issues.

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