A £6 million project by water company United Utilities will improve sewage treatment and cut back on stormwater overflows in the Lake District, to reduce the presence of nutrients like phosphorous which can cause algal blooms.
Pippa Smith, catchment manager said: “Esthwaite Water is an ecologically important site which is rated a grade one site of special scientific interest. It is also an internationally important wetland. We want to keep it that way. A similar project at Coniston last year has already seen great results so we’ll be watching what happens here with great interest.”
A new 1.5km pipeline will cut the amount of stormwater which can overflow into the lake during heavy rains by coupling extra capacity in the sewer network with high powered pumps.
United Utilities’ work at Esthwaite Water is part of the company’s drive to improve water quality and the environment by 2015. A similar £23m scheme to improve Bassenthwaite Lake is also now under way at Keswick.