Keeping our pipes in tune with a growing population

The Haweswater Aqueduct is a major feat of engineering. The pipeline, built between 1933 and 1955, has successfully served 2.5 million people in Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester for sixty years. 

In 2005 we began preparations to carry out inspections of the 109km pipeline knowing it wouldn’t be an easy task.

While they were looking around our engineers identified areas of concern that posed a potential future risk to both water quality and supply. We took action straightaway to carry out maintenance work to the worst affected areas but it was clear that more work was needed. 

Independently verified research has clearly indicated that the preferred solution for customers and stakeholders is the replacement of all six tunnel sections along the length of the aqueduct. Investigations along the pipeline began in February 2019 and will continue next year. We will be putting our plans out for public consultation in Spring 2020 and expect to begin construction on the Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme (HARP) in 2023.

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Dates in the diary

Building a new pipe

2011 - West East Link main created

We built this new pipe to transport water during the temporary shutdown of the Haweswater Aqueduct.

Inspecting the pipeline

2013 - First inspection of the Haweswater Aqueduct

It was back in 2013 when we first carried out an inspection of the pipeline.

Second inspection of the pipe

2016 - Second inspection of the Haweswater Aqueduct

This time we went back into the pipe to carry out some further inspection and repairs.

Image of a customer

2018 - We submitted our business plan

Our plan for 2020-2025 sets out our ambition to cut bills, improve services, and provide more help to those that need it and safeguard water supplies for generations to come.

Engaging with our stakeholders

2019 - Preparing for the project

In 2019 we’ve started some site investigation work and will continue to speak to customers about the project.

Employer sharing our plans with a customer

2020 - Public exhibitions begin

We’ll be coming to a town near you to share more about our plans and to answer your questions.

Three engineers planning

2021 - Planning submissions begin

Planning application submitted

Two engineers in a van

2023 - Work begins

We plan to begin our work in 2023

Construction complete

2028 - The project comes to a close

The project is scheduled to be completed by 2028.