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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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    United Utilities engineers have been working into and throughout the night to prepare for the installation of a major new water supply. Pipework, laid as a temporary measure several years ago, is being replaced with a new main beneath a river in East Lancashire. Andy Carter explains. @UUAndyCarter

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    The man in charge of water services at United Utilities says there are one or two lessons to be learned from a huge emergency exercise. Martin Padley and his senior team have been reflecting on a joint operation with the fire and rescue service, police, the military and local councils to rehearse the response to a major disaster. Andy Carter reports. @UUAndyCarter

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  • Poor plumbing cause of tap failures

    By Sean Robinson Report reveals nearly third of water that fails a result of poor plumbing practices and sub-standard fittings in private pipes and properties after it has been transferred from public water mains. The Drinking Water Inspectorate for England and Wales' annual report found that lead, nickel, taste and odour are some of the problems deteriorating the quality of drinking water. These are caused by wrong materials and fittings or inadequate protection from water ‘flowing back’ into internal pipework from household appliances. Chief inspector Marcus Rink said: "A skilled and competent plumber using approved materials provides confidence in water remaining wholesome right up to the tap.

  • United Utilities involved in major training exercise

    Exercise Triton II is the biggest live exercise ever held in the region, and is testing how agencies react to a major incident. Spotted military helicopters in the sky? Noticed a lot of activity around Dove Stone Reservoir in Oldham? Don't worry it's all part of the exercise.

  • Burst water main forces part closure of Manchester street

    Update at 1030: the damaged pipe has been isolated and a gang is on site to begin repairs. The extent of the damage will be unknown until the team has dug down to the affected section. United Utilities engineers are working to fix a burst water main in Manchester city centre. An eight inch pipe below Portland Street has ruptured, forcing the closure of the westbound carriageway between Piccadilly Gardens and Oxford Road. United Utilities staff have been on scene since the early hours of this morning after being alerted by the police. Efforts to switch off the water so repairs can begin are being hampered by recent roadworks. Water supplies to homes and businesses in the local area have not been affected by the burst. Picture credit: Google.