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Meet the leak detectives

In the early hours of the morning, you'll find United Utilities engineers out on the streets armed with acoustic 'listening sticks' and hi-tech sensors. These specialists wage a nightly war against underground pipe leaks, and in so doing, prevent thousands of litres of water from being wasted.

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  • Alder Hey Road Closure 21 Feb

    Eaton Road in Alder Hey Liverpool is to be closed from 21 February for around 10 days to allow United Utilities engineers to repair a leaking water main. The 2 foot diameter pipe serves thousands of homes in the L11 and L12 areas, so engineers will first re-route water supplies through other pipes in the area. Lynne Botham is the water network manager for Liverpool and she explained: "This is such a large main we can't carry out the repairs safely unless we close the road. "We've notified the local shops and nearby Alder Hey Childrens Hospital, and the diversion route will be clearly signposted. "Residents may notice some changes in their water pressure throughout the work but this is normal and temporary."

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  • Latest: Emergency watermen called in late this evening (Wednesday) to provide 18,000 litres of water to 50-yr old Settle-Carlisle Tornado as locomotive runs dry

    Watermen on standby

  • The Great Farm Challenge 2017

    Agricultural students from three colleges across the North West are being put through their paces to review farming practices to help improve water quality. The Great Farm Challenge 2017 is a joint partnership between Natural England, Environment Agency and United Utilities.

  • Meet the leak detectives

    In the early hours of the morning, you'll find United Utilities engineers out on the streets armed with acoustic 'listening sticks' and hi-tech sensors. These specialists wage a nightly war against underground pipe leaks, and in so doing, prevent thousands of litres of water from being wasted. We caught up with leak detectives Scott and Pete on a cold night in Manchester city centre, as they took on a leak just off Deansgate.

  • Earn while you learn

    United Utilities is looking to attract new apprentices to join its award winning scheme. Two current apprentices talk about why you should apply.

  • Victorian sewer gets makeover

    A 100-year-old Manchester sewer gets urgent makeover on Pin Mill Brow. The old sewer will be given a new lease of life. Sean Robinson caught-up with Dave Parkinson from United Utilities to learn how the £250,000 will be spent and if traffic will suffer durning the works.

  • Vandals target Sunnyhurst Wood in Darwen

    Vandals have targeted Sunnyhurst Wood in Darwen, where United Utilities is carrying out land stabilisation work following a landslip in summer 2016. An overland pipe has been slashed, and signs and fencing pulled down. The company is urging local walkers to report any suspicious activity or signs of damage to staff at United Utilities' site cabin or to the police and local authority.

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