Plans for southern section of region’s biggest plumbing job posted online

Customers in Hyndburn, Rossendale and Bury can now check out the final plans for a new section of the Haweswater Aqueduct that United Utilities will be laying in their area as part of the region’s biggest ever plumbing job.

The water firm is refurbishing the giant Haweswater Aqueduct which has been bringing drinking water from Cumbria, through Lancashire and into Greater Manchester since 1955. Time has taken its toll on the pipeline and work is needed to minimise water disruptions and maintain water quality. This mammoth programme of works proposes replacing six sections of the 110km pipeline.

After its innovative virtual public exhibition, launched due to Covid restrictions, United Utilities is now publishing online its final plans for the southern section of the pipeline which will run from Huncoat in Hynburn through Rossendale and into Bury. 

Over 12,000 people took part in last years’ face to face public exhibitions or visited the virtual site to check out proposals, with many people taking the opportunity to have their say and providing more than 2,000 pieces of valuable feedback.

The final proposals for this section of the pipeline can be viewed at and will be submitted as planning applications to Hyndburn Borough Council, Rossendale Borough Council and Bury Council in May 2021.

The online plans follow the same format as the virtual exhibition site and show details of each working area. They also include an interactive map and a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document. 

Stakeholder manager, Jemma Parkinson, commented: “We want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in our consultation process and especially to all those that sent us their views and comments.

“We have been busy consulting with communities, customers, businesses and stakeholders to help develop this programme. 

“Thousands of people have had their say, helping us to deliver one of the biggest consultation exercises we have ever undertaken. 

“Their input has assisted in the creation of the final programme of works which will secure vital water services for generations to come,” she added.