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Water company to improve Cheshire SSSI

United Utilities

United Utilities has published plans for a £9M project to boost the water quality in Rostherne Mere, a lake in Cheshire.

The water company wants to complete a 5km pipeline from Mere Plant pumping station to Bowdon Wastewater Treatment Works, as part of the environmental improvement scheme.

This will improve water quality in Rostherne Mere, a wetland of international importance and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

It said that the project has been agreed with the Environment Agency. It will stop storm overflows from the wastewater pumping station at Mere Platts entering the lake, benefiting birds and other wildlife.

“We take our environmental responsibility very seriously and we have designed a sustainable solution to help improve the water quality in Rostherne Mere,” said United Utilities project manager Jonathan Clarke.

“Following consultation, we made several redesigns of the scheme and the selected pipeline route will follow the line of an existing pipe, which will minimise the impact on the environment and our customers,” he said.

“We have presented our plans to Rostherne Parish Council and this public exhibition will allow us to discuss the project in more detail with the local community.”

United Utilities aims to complete the project in time to benefit wintering birds nesting in the Mere from 2018 onwards.

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