Our projects

As the North West’s water and wastewater company – we’re committed to doing our bit to safeguard the natural environment around here, improving and protecting the lakes, rivers and reservoirs. We also do all we can to help life flow smoothly for our customers in the local community.

Here’s a few examples of the multi million pound projects you could be working on.

Keeping Cumbria Flowing

As you may already be aware we are proposing to link West Cumbria to the rest of our regional water network. We propose to invest in a major new pipeline to link Thirlmere reservoir to West Cumbria, as well as a new water treatment works, pumping stations and underground service reservoirs. By tapping into the spare capacity at Thirlmere and planning carefully, we can hugely reduce the long term environmental impact.

Why? We need to reduce the amount of water we take from Ennerdale Water as soon as we can, and eventually stop altogether. The new pipeline will help protect wildlife in the lake and the River Ehen, whilst ensuring there is still enough water for local people and businesses.

We’ve already invested around £455 million in Cumbria’s water and wastewater services over 2010 – 2015 and we’ll be investing a whole lot more over 2015 – 2020.

Over the next few years you’ll see the creation of new:

  • water pipes including a major new pipeline for West Cumbria
  • sewer pipes
  • treatment works
  • environmental enhancements

We’ll be securing supplies for local people and businesses and ensuring wildlife is not left high and dry.

Visit our Cumbria site to find out more about our plans for keeping Cumbria flowing.

Haweswater Aqueduct Outage 2

In October 2013, after more than a decade of planning and a total investment of £250million in enabling works projects, we started one of the biggest challenges our business has ever undertaken - the shutting off, emptying and inspection of the Haweswater Aquaduct (HA) - its first in 58 years since it was commissioned.

Our objective was to conduct required planned reconfigurations of the regional water supply system, in order to produce the ‘output’ which was a detailed structural condition report on the aqueduct and implement essential repairs identified during the inspection.

The HA project was completed successfully and has given us greater operational confidence to take the HA out of service (known as a ‘HA Outage’), which is planned for later this year and this time will include inspection and remedial works.

At 109 kilometres long, the Haweswater Aqueduct is one of the UK’s largest water pipes, bringing 570 million litres of drinking water from Cumbria to Manchester every day, and supplying around 2 million people.

Find out more about the Aquanaut's big return to the Haweswater Aquaduct

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