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We're constantly working to improve the supply and quality of your water so you continue to receive clean, fresh water for your morning shower and to enjoy a great cuppa.

Some of the pipes which supply water to almost 43,000 properties in the Carlisle area are over 90 years old. Over time natural mineral deposits have built up inside and although these deposits are not harmful, they can sometimes cause the water to become discoloured.

In February 2016 we started a £14 million investment programme to clean and refurbish over 30km of water pipes to improve the quality of water for customers in the Carlisle area. Our work will take around four years to complete and will be split across nine projects.  The overview map indicates where we'll be working.

We'll be using a variety of methods which will include:

  • Inserting new plastic pipe into the existing water main (slip lining)
  • Constructing completely new sections of pipe to replace the existing water main (open cut).
  • Using hi-pressure water jetting or pulling sponge swabs through the main to clean it (air scour/swabbing).   

Where are we working right now?

 Location  Details Expected completion 
Project 2 Working in the fields from Steeles Bank towards Wetheral Crook. Work has been completed but we need to keep the hole open until we carry out further connection work. This is due to be completed in July. 
Project 2 -Wetheral Road  Laying a new section of pipe from Cumwhinton Water Treatment Works towards Steele's Bank.  Wetheral Road will be closed during our work from Monday 15 May until August 2017. 
Project 9 - Orton Road/St Edmunds Park  Open work area on the grass verge. Work has been completed, but we need to keep the hole open until we carry out further connection work. This is due to be completed in June. A signed diversion will be in place.
Project 9 - Sandsfield Road  Our work to lay a new water pipe from the junction of Sandsfield Road/Moorhouse Road down to the junction of Sandsfield Road/Orton Road started on Monday 9 January 2017. From Monday 6 March the road will be closed from the junction of Housesteads Road to the junction of Orton Road for approximately 13 weeks. Priorwood Close can be accessed from Orton Road.  Traffic will be diverted along the A689.  All work on this project is expected to be completed by June 2017.

How our work may affect you

We're carrying out this important investment to improve the water network in Carlisle, ensuring customers can receive a reliable and high quality water supply for many years to come

Temporary changes to the appearance of your water supply

During our work there is a possibility that you may experience a slight discolouration to your water supply.  We'll do all we can to prevent this from happening, but we need to take each section of pipe out of operation as our work progresses. 

To ensure we keep taps flowing to homes and businesses, the water will be rerouted and flow direction changed within the pipe network.  This can disturb the sediment, and result in some temporary short term discolouration which we understand can look unpleasant and tends to be more noticeable when filling a glass or running a bath.

Discoloured water is unlikely to be harmful  and can often be cleared by allowing the first incoming cold water tap (usually in the kitchen) to run at a trickle until it clears.  This can clear quickly, but could take longer as it is dependent on how much of the mineral deposit has been disturbed.

Alternatively the water may appear 'cloudy' or 'milky' which is often a result of trapped air while we've been working, this generally disappears as the air escapes from the pipes. If a glass is filled and left to stand for a few minutes, you should notice that tiny air bubbles will rise to the surface and the cloudy appearance will disappear.

Traffic management

We'll be carrying out our work in phases which may require temporary traffic management, lane closures and on occasions we may need to temporarily close roads.

Don't worry, if you live or work in the area, we'll write to customers in advance of the work starting to provide further information about how our work may affect you and provide updates. We'll also hold local community drop-in sessions as the project progresses.

Thank you for bearing with us while we carry out our work. If you have any queries about this work please call us on 0345 672 3723 quoting project number AMEY U.80018815. We'll be happy to help.

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