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Blackpool wins Blue Flag Beach award

Blackpool beach has been labelled amongst some of the best in the world after being awarded its first ever Blue Flag.

The stretch of beach at Blackpool South made the list for Blue Flag status after being classed as having 'Excellent' sea water quality by the Environment Agency last year.

It's a huge accolade for the town, following years of investment in wastewater treatment and improved facilities, which will boost tourism and the local economy.

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  • Floating solar panels are go in Godley!

    One of Europe's largest floating solar arrays is now in full operation at Godley reservoir in Hyde. The solar panels are being used to power the nearby water treatment works, reducing dependence on the electricity grid. The scheme took six months, and is a landmark project for the water industry. And there are more solar schemes to come - as United Utilities seeks to make energy while the sun shines.

  • Torrential rain and a burst brook: all in day's work

    Our engineers are working on a challenging sewer job in Poynton, Cheshire this week (w/c June 13), made more complicated by torrential rain and a local brook which burst its banks over the weekend. Meanwhile, our teams are out and about across the North West to support customers and keep the network flowing, as heavy rain continues to batter the region.

  • United Utilities helps fight industrial fire in West Lancashire

    United Utilities staff are assisting colleagues from Lancashire fire and rescue service to fight a fire at an industrial site in Simonswood. Eight appliances – from across the North West - are at the scene of the incident on Stopgate Lane. Fire officers asked for help from United Utilities because of the extent of the fire and the need to use more water than usual. The water firm has several members of staff on site and has sent two of its massive water-on-wheels tankers to the scene. Each contains 32,000 litres of water which is being pumped straight into the fire engines. It’s expected the damping down operation may take two days with United Utilities required to provide ongoing support. Pic credit: @LancashireFRS

  • North West Flooding Response

    Flash summer flooding sparked a rush of more than 2049 calls for help to United Utilities after a torrent of water hit many parts of the North West in two days. Extra crews and vehicles had to be brought in. Our reporter Sean Robinson spent Saturday with one crew around Manchester. Wastewater engineer James Ashall explains just how busy it's been.

  • Watermen attend burst main in Nantwich

    Update at 12:00 - Water supplies have now been restored to the majority of customers and pressure is being built up slowly to prevent discolouration and to minimise air getting into the system. Work to repair the burst main is ongoing. United Utilities engineers are working to repair a burst water main in the Cheshire town of Nantwich. The 15 inch pipe ruptured early this morning. The burst has caused some localised flooding. It means Middlewich Road is currently closed between Beam Heath Way and Barony Road. Two water on wheels tankers, called alternative supply vehicles, are being used to pump water into the network to maintain supplies while repairs are carried out. A spokesman for United Utilities said: “We’re really sorry for the disruption this burst is causing our customers. We are working as fast as we can to restore supplies to those households who have no water or poor pressure. We thank you for your patience.” Pic credit: @policecrewe

  • United Utilities responds to hundreds of calls for help

    United Utilities has deployed additional engineers in response to hundreds of calls for help following torrential rain across many parts of the North West.

  • Ball technology tested in Cumbria sewer

    United Utilities' engineers are testing new technology to detect problems in buried pipes. A device called a ‘smart ball’ means there’s no need to empty sewers or water mains before they can be inspected for faults. Andy Carter reports:

  • Awards recognise green champs

    Merseyside's green champions were recognised at the annual Echo Environment Awards. United Utilities for a third year backed the awards. Lorne Large from United Utilities said: "It's fantastic to see schools, companies and individuals being recognised for helping to make Liverpool a cleaner, healthier place to live and work."