The new CEO of Warrington-based water giant United Utilities, Louise Beardmore, said the company is planning to bring forward investment of £914 million.
The company said the accelerated funding “is subject to consultation with stakeholders until Monday 24 April.”
The £914 million is broken down into three areas:
- £719 million for reducing storm overflow spills, helping protect water quality at inland waterways across the North West – including Windermere in the Lake District
- £117 million for “habitat improvements” in and around the River Eden in Cumbria
- £78 million to reduce the frequency of storm overflow spills into bathing waters
“We have an ambitious plan, including the largest investment programme we have ever delivered as we seek to enable a step change in environmental performance right across the region,” said Beardmore.
“I know we have much more to do, addressing the things that matter most to our customers and which benefit the region and I am committed to doing that.
“I am equally passionate about protecting those households who are struggling financially which is why we have sector leading support packages available for those who need help with their water bills. I am keen we strengthen that support as we move forward too.
“I look forward to working with many other organisations and partners across the North West as collaboration is key to the continued success of the place we all call home.”