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Green light for United Utilities’ £200M Liverpool waste water plan

United Utilities has been granted planning to build a £200M extension to its waste treatment plant on the banks of the River Mersey, Liverpool.

The extension to the works at Sandon Dock, Regent Road, will be sunk into the disused Wellington dock to have minimal impact on the Liverpool skyline. Where possible, coping stones, dock features and furniture will be retained.

Work is expected to take four years and once completed could create up to 350 extra jobs. The Wellington dock has already been dredged and work is due to start next month.

The larger facility will be able to process 11,000l of waste a second, serving 1M Liverpudlians.  

United Utilities principal project manager Mark Walker said: “The expansion of Liverpool as a city down the years meant the current works were beginning to reach the end of their useful life. The new works will ensure we can continue to provide one of the city’s most essential services for many years to come.”

Readers' comments (1)


    Once more a very poorly written article by NCE journalists!

    This is based on a United Utilities press release and is almost a word for word repeat of that press release. However NCE has added "that once completed ... up to 350 extra jobs will be created". This is not the case - up to 350 jobs will be created during the construction phase only.

    Also, there has been no mention of the fact that United Utilities were fined £145,000 with £28,000 costs in June 2011 for illegally discharging partially treated sewage from the existing treatment works at Sandon Dock. UU pleaded guilty to repeatedly failing to meet specified standards for the discharge of treated wastewater.

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