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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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  • Lancaster water leak leaves homes without water

    By Sean Robinson Burst water main left homes without water, United Utilities has confirmed. A leak on Porritt Avenue late Tuesday afternoon affected supplies to some customers in parts of the City. Emergency repair crews were caught-up in heavy traffic trying to get into Lancaster delaying restoration of water supplies. A spokesman said: "The vast majority of customers came back on supply quickly as water was transferred to the area using other underground pipes. Thirteen properties remain off supply close the burst, and bottle water was handed out. “Our team is working on the leak and we hope that all supplies will be back to normal later this evening. “We apologise to customers for any inconvenience. (Image credit:PA)

  • Latest technology used to keep busy commuter route flowing

    Project Manager Daniel Smith said it was vital we turned to the latest technology available to drill under a road such as the A483 without having to dig in the road. “While the new pipeline will mean we can continue to meet the water supply demands of around 350,000 homes and businesses, we completely understand roadworks can be a pain." "So where possible we turned to the latest technology available to us in the water industry to minimise disruption.” “Our aim was to get the new pipeline in, without many commuters not even realising a massive engineering project was taking place deep underground.”

  • Burst water main causes flooding in Powys village

    A spokesperson for United Utilities said: “The flooding is due to a burst on one of the water pipes that carries water from Lake Vyrnwy to our treatment works at Oswestry. Our engineers are investigating and we are working closely with the fire service to assist those who have been flooded. We will be visiting the householders and businesses affected to assess the damage and explain the process for claiming for any losses and getting their homes back to normal as quickly as possible. We will be doing all we can to help. Water supplies are not affected by the burst (Credit: Julie Barrie Brownfield)

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  • News Update | Darwen Street, Blackburn | 6/1/2017

    After reports today of a sink hole appearing in Darwen Street near the Cathedral in Blackburn, we wanted to clear up exactly what is going on. The hole in the road is actually what United Utilities dug last night to start repairing a damaged water pipe. Unfortunately due to the complexity of the repair and to avoid customers losing water supplies this morning, we could not complete the work and will be returning tonight to finish what we started. We can’t work on this pipe during the day, due to the number of homes and businesses fed by the pipe and the potential disruption this would cause if the water went off. We’re aware the leak on this pipe was reported some days ago, and we always aim to repair leaks as quickly as possible. But sometimes as in this case, we need to do a lot of planning behind the scenes before we can switch a pipe off to repair it. We hope this clears up the situation and we apologise for any disruption this has caused.

  • Residents no longer have to boil their water

    Water supplies to homes in parts of Tameside and Saddleworth is back to its usual high standards, and residents no longer have to boil water.

  • MOD honor UU for support to Armed forces

    By Sean Robinson: UNITED Utilities has become the only utility firm to receive a gold award under the government's Employer Recognition Scheme for support to the armed forces community. The awards, signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the chief of the defence staff, are recognised as laudatory honours and aim to encourage employers to support defence. congratulating United Utilities on the high-ranking achievement, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Every year the level of support from companies across Britain for the Armed Forces continues to grow. This commitment is making a real difference to everyone who serves and their families – whether giving Reservists more time to train or supporting veterans or spouses, they embody what the Armed Forces Covenant is about. “To qualify for a Gold Award, employers must not only pledge their support but become advocates, encouraging others to do likewise.” Added Mr Fallon. The provider of water waste water-treatment services across the North West of England was praised for providing employment opportunities to veterans, helping Reservist employees to complete their military training and ensuring that Service personnel and their families are treated fairly. Steve Mogford, Chief Executive said: “This is a fantastic achievement and honor for us to receive this gold status and we should all be immensely proud of how we support and work with the armed forces.” The Warrington-based firm signed the Armed Forces Covenant back in 2012.