A WATER company has revealed a five-year project to upgrade its treatment works in Oswestry.

United Utilities will begin its project at Broomhall Lane next year with a view to providing better water quality to their customers in Cheshire and Merseyside.

The work comes after a government notice was issued after a report from UU to the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) in 2019 showed that 'there is or has been a significant risk of supplying water from Oswestry that could be a potential danger to human health'.

United Utilities declined to confirm if the work and the report are related when asked by the Advertizer.

A spokesperson for United Utilities said: "Providing a reliable, high-quality water supply to customers in the North West involves carrying out a continuous programme of maintenance and improvements across our water network.

“This work at Oswestry Water Treatment Works (WTW) and the Vyrnwy Aqueduct will ensure we continue to provide high-quality water to our customers in Cheshire and Merseyside.

Border Counties Advertizer: An aerial view of the Oswestry Water Treatment Works. Picture: GoogleMapsAn aerial view of the Oswestry Water Treatment Works. Picture: GoogleMaps

“The initial stages of the work at Oswestry WTW are now underway, and the programme will be carried out in two phases through to 2028.”

According the United Utilities' website the work will begin in early 2023 and will be carried out in two phases.

Phase one will include the refurbishment of existing assets, construction of new assets and decommissioning of old assets, while phase two will focus on the construction of new water tanks.

Enabling works will be carried out throughout this summer and later in the year, which will include some construction activity within the water treatment works site and setting up a temporary compound area.

The company also warned there might be traffic management put in place around the main site, but they have reassured residents that they will work closely with Shropshire Council to minimise the impact.

Details about the activity can be seen on their overview map and project timeline here.