A DEAL to provide 19 miles of pipework for an East Lancs waterworks has been secured by a Rossendale firm.

Specialist aeration firm Suprafilt has signed up with Laing O'Rourke for the contract at the wastewater plant at Samlesbury.

Engineers from the Rawtenstall firm will be asked to upgrade the in-tank aeration grids.

Going forward, the site will use Nereda technology, where aerobic biomass granules are used to purify water systems.

Hannah Nolan, the venture's operations director, said: "It’s a big job and we feel that our knowledge and expertise will shine on this project.

"We have a proven design for this combined grid system and is a similar style to previous installations we have successfully designed and installed.

"This project is a big win for us because it's good for Suprafilt to be linked to the biggest Nereda plant in Europe."

Work is starting on the project in July, with Suprafilt workers arriving in August, for the six-month operation.