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Countryfile comes calling

Managing 57,000 hectares of catchment land, that’s the equivalent of 70,000 football pitches, comes with great responsibility.

Keeping this land as clean and sustainable as we can, ensures we not only protect the environment for North West communities but we also enhance the raw water running off this land into our reservoirs.

Catchment Controller Dave Oyston and his trusty sidekick Twist (Dave’s dog), headed to Stocks Reservoir, in the beautiful landscape of the Forest of Bowland, in Lancashire to tell the Countryfile viewers all about the importance of managing our land.

You can catch us on Countryfile on BBC 1 at 7pm, Sunday, April 16.

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    An exciting new project to restore native alpine plants to the fells around Haweswater, many of which are remnants of the flora that flourished after the last Ice Age, was launched on Thursday 2 March by a partnership involving United Utilities, RSPB, the Alpine Garden Society and Natural England.

  • Alder Hey Road Closure Update

    Engineers managed to keep water flowing for thousands of customers in Liverpool, whilst they repaired a leak on a large water pipe near to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The team completed the required work much quicker than expected and Eaton Road near to the junction of Alder Road will be back open today as normal. Lynn Botham water network manager for Liverpool said: “This is a fantastic outcome on what was a very challenging repair to carry out.” “A lot of planning went into this job prior to us starting to ensure disruption was kept to a minimum.”

  • Billing roadshow in Blackpool

    United Utilities is taking to the road to meet customers around the region. It's the time of year when water bills land on the mat, so the water company is running a series of roadshows with advice on how to save water, reduce bills or get help with debt or other problems.

  • 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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    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.

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    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.