Villagers in south-west Cumbria are celebrating after switching on to mains sewerage for the first time.
The 80 homes and businesses in Silecroft, near Millom, can now connect their homes and businesses to a new £4.1m system.
Before the work, by United Utilities, people were reliant on private sewer systems such as septic tanks.
It involved the construction of two underground pumping stations and a new wastewater treatment works.
Construction manager Derek Fryer said the new system would be a huge benefit to local people and the environment.
"It's possible that private sewer systems like septic tanks were not performing terribly well in Silecroft leading to evidence of pollution in nearby Silecroft Beck.
"Hopefully our new system will put paid to that, as well as giving people the convenience of a hassle-free service."