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United Utilities supports the North West's young people

It’s a figure which may surprise you.  Across the North West alone there are 130,000 young people who aren’t in college, earning money or doing some kind of training.
They are officially known as ‘Neets’ – not in education, employment or training.
But, water company United Utilities - and a number of other utility firms are offering youngsters the chance to gain work experience and potentially get a job.  UU’s pioneering scheme – developed with the government – is now being rolled out across the country.
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  • Deanery High School pupils are tapping into water

    The Deanery High School is Wigan is encouraging its pupils to take the healthy option and drink water instead of sugary drinks - helped by United Utilities. The water company has donated 1,300 sports bottles to help the whole school get behind the campaign.

  • Awards recognise green champs

    Merseyside's green champions were recognised at the annual Echo Environment Awards. United Utilities for a third year backed the awards. Lorne Large from United Utilities said: "It's fantastic to see schools, companies and individuals being recognised for helping to make Liverpool a cleaner, healthier place to live and work."

  • United Utilities assists efforts to tackle major fire in Lancashire

    United Utilities engineers have been assisting colleagues from Lancashire Fire and Rescue deal with a major fire in Fleetwood. A plastics recycling centre in Jameson Road, Fleetwood caught alight on Saturday night. Eight fire crews had to be called to tackle the flames, but the remote location of the site made it difficult to get water to where it was needed. Staff at Fleetwood waste water treatment works helped by enabling the fire and rescue service to pump water from the works to the scene of the fire. Picture courtesy of @lancashireFRS.

  • Toilet Confessions in Manchester

    Mancunians have been confessing their toilet flushing sins in United Utilities' Big Bog Diary Room. From tropical fish to entire cakes, it's out of sight out of mind. But United Utilities is encouraging people to make the 3P Promise and flush only pee, poo and paper - to help avoid messy and costly blockages.

  • United Utilities investment in NW England gets GBP 500m European Investment Bank backing

    The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide GBP 500 million to support investment across the north-west of England by United Utilities. The 18 year loan from Europe’s long-term lending institution will be used to finance improvements to the region’s water and wastewater networks as part of United Utilities’ GBP 3.5 billion capital investment programme for the 2015 to 2020 regulatory period.

  • Liverpool WwTW Mersey clean up

    HRH The Princess Royal has officially opened a £200m extension at Liverpool wastewater treatment plant, 25 years after she opened the original works in 1991. The new works is contributing to a cleaner Mersey, with cod, salmon and even a humpback whale sighted in the river. Not only is the improved water quality helping wildlife to flourish, it's also leading the way for economic regeneration in the city.

  • Getting Kendal treatment works back to full strength

    Back in December, Storm Desmond flooded parts of Kendal wastewater treatment works on the banks of the River Kent. We take a look at how engineers have got the works back to full strength in just four months.

  • Water on wheels tankers help keep taps flowing in Halewood, Liverpool

    Overnight engineers from United Utilities repaired the water pipe which was damaged in Cartbridge Lane, Halewood yesterday. The water pipe erupted after contractors hit the pipe whilst carrying out work in the area, soaring water 70ft into the air. Engineers onsite are now carefully putting water back through the pipe which needs to be carried out in a controlled manner to avoid discoloured water issues. The water company has been using its massive water on wheels tankers to help keep taps flowing in the area, and they will remain on site whilst the pipe is brought back into full service.