Two huge waste storage tanks may be installed at Penwortham on the River Ribble to stop waste sewage flowing into the river at times of heavy rainfall. The plans for the tanks, which are yet to be approved, will see the tanks installed at Valley Road and Cop Lane.

The waste system upgrade works, which are estimated to cost around £9.8m, include the two 1,700 litre tanks and work on sewer overflows to stop waste matter making its way into the River Ribble at times of heavy rainfall.

The project manager overseeing the job, Andy Kidd, summarised:

“It’s essential that the quality of water entering the Estuary is improved. If our plans are approved, the works will ensure the watercourse returns to a healthy state producing thriving environments for people and wildlife.

“Unfortunately, some disruption is inevitable but we hope people will agree the long-term benefits to cleaning up the Ribble Estuary are worth short-term inconvenience, as bathing waters along the Fylde Coast will improve too.”

If the plans are approved, work could start on the build as early as January with completion before the end of 2011.

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