United Utilities has pledged to spend the money in a two-year upgrade operation on Blackpool’s south shore and in Fleetwood, reports the Blackpool Gazette.

The improvements include the expansion of the Fleetwood sewage plant. It currently deals with more waste than it was intended for and is commonly referred to as the source of Blackpool’s “summer smell”.

Over £50m of improvements will take place on the plant, including four new tanks to increase its capacity.

Julie Spinks, director of wastewater asset management for United Utilities, said: “It is vital all three key wastewater locations along the Fylde coast remain robust and fit for purpose to meet the growing demand placed upon current facilities by the growth in housing and business development coupled with the needs of visitors.”

In other news, residents in the village of Cotmanhay, near Ilkeston, in Derbyshire, are complaining after Severn Trent Water refused to clear a large puddle after when it was found to be groundwater and not wastewater.

The water company said it can only fix the leak if it was from one of its water mains, reports the Ilkeston Advertiser.

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