Sewer work to cut Cumbria flooding risk

A £17m project to boost the capacity of underground drains in Carlisle has been given the go-ahead by water bosses.

United Utilities said the scheme would help to reduce leaks and prevent sewer flooding in the city.

It is part of an £81m package of works pledged across Cumbria over the next 12 months.

Other projects include a £6m scheme to clean up water courses flowing into the Leven Estuary near Ulverston and a £5m scheme to improve sewers at Bowness.

The works will be paid for in part by an average £13 a year hike in water bills from April.

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