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Water company in 250 million plan of action

NORTH West Water is to spend more than 250 million on construction projects in the next three years, with two massive projects together worth more than 100 million due to start in 1997.

The firm has revealed a three-year plan, which shows that projects worth 54.2 million are due to start this year. Schemes costing 127.4 million will get under way in 1997. And projects worth 66.1 million are scheduled for the following year.

It is understood that the programme is not cast in stone and the 1997 and 1998 programmes are likely to be supplemented by a series of smaller schemes.

Pick of the projects due to start this year is a 12.5 million scheme to refurbish and extend the Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment works in Manchester.

Two other large projects, both worth 8.5 million, are due to start in March. They involve major civil engineering works to extend storm sewer outfalls on the north bank of the Mersey and refurbishment works at the Huntingdon Water Treatment works near Chester.

Work is due to start in March 1997 on a 56 million project to construct a secondary wastewater plant in Liverpool.

Also earmarked for a 1997 start is a 45 million scheme for a wastewater secondary treatment plant at Bromborough on the Wirral, and a two-year project to install underground storage tanks and sewer replacements in Bury is due to start in May. Another wastewater secondary treatment works will take the lions share of the 1998 budget. The scheme, due to start in January 1998 at Morpeth Dock, Birkenhead, is worth 35 million.