United Utilities is spending £54M on completely re-designing Oswestry water treatment works in Shropshire, UK, in a project that will include the installation of two new hydro turbines.

The original works became operational in 1892 and supply most of Liverpool and parts of Cheshire with water.
Engineers plan to use innovative methods to treat the water before it flows north by gravity towards Merseyside. The latest technology will allow engineers to retire the existing 23 slow sand filter beds, which will result in 210M litres of water a day being treated for customers. The two hydro turbines will produce enough energy to power the site, with the daily surplus being sent into the National Grid.

"Our aim is to preserve drinking water for future generations and make the plant more efficient and environmentally friendly," Project Manager Graham Callanan said.