Cumbria

Allonby scheme 'to improve bathing water quality'

United Utilities' water clean-up facility Image copyright United Utilities
Image caption Construction of the Allonby wastewater treatment works got under way in 2015

A £4.5m scheme to improve the quality of bathing water on the Cumbrian coast is up and running.

The project has seen the capacity of Allonby's wastewater treatment works doubled, United Utilities said.

A new underground storage tank has been created to capture more storm water and reduce sewer spills.

Ultraviolet equipment that kills bugs has raised the quality of the treated wastewater which is returned to the sea, the firm added.

Allonby, on the Solway coast, was rated "poor" in 2015 under European standards known as the revised Bathing Water Directive.

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