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United Utilities' scheme will benefit Manchester Ship Canal
7:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
PLANNING chiefs have approved an upgrade to the sewer system that will help to improve the water quality in the Manchester Ship Canal.
The United Utilities scheme for an underground storage chamber involves building a motor control centre on a site at Electric Park, off Fraser Place, Trafford Park.
The underground storage tank will help to clean up the waterway, because it will reduce the need to discharge waste water into the canal, such as to prevent flooding at times of heavy rainfall.
There are 21 discharge areas from the sewer network into the canal and 14 of these have been classed as ‘unsatisfactory’ by the Environment Agency and other water industry regulators.
This scheme will improve two of these discharge pipes, and is part of a wider review of discharges into the canal.
There will also be a screening chamber to check any flows which may need to be discharged into the canal.
A 25m pressure column on the site will allow the controlled release of air.
Westmill Foods, whose factory is next to the planned Untied Utilities centre, raised concerns that it could cause smells.
As part of the conditions on the scheme, an odour management plan must be agreed before any work on the site begins.
The planning committee heard that stringent odour control measures had been put in place.
Planning committee members praised United Utilities for the way it had responded to Westmill Foods’ concerns.
Cllr Brian Shaw said: “I think United Utilities have been very thorough. It shows they are a professional, caring organisation.”
The scheme was unanimously approved.
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