Pop along to speak to us about our pipe replacement work
We're at Sainsbury's Carlisle Superstore, Church Street, off Caldewgate on Wednesday 25 September and Thursday 26 September between 10am and 3pm. Our project team will be happy to explain our next stages of work and answer any queries you may have.
Why are we carrying out this work?
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, 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 32km 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 ten projects. The overview map indicates where we'll be working (PDF 127KB opens in a new window).
We'll be using a variety of methods which will include:
- Inserting new durable pipe into the existing cast iron water main
- Constructing completely new sections of pipe to replace the existing water main
- Using hi-pressure water jetting or pulling sponge swabs through the main to clean it
Keeping you updated about our current and next stages of work
Warwick Road area
Our team are currently working to refurbish two large water pipes that run along Montgomery Way and Warwick Road (Projects 4 and 5).
Thank you for your patience while we've been replacing the first section of pipe on Warwick Road as part of project 4. We know this will be welcome news for commuters as the traffic lights and other aspects of traffic managment were removed while we continue to evaluate the results from our testing.
It's likely that there will be a period with no traffic management in place. We'll provide an update once the next stages of work along Warwick Road are confirmed and explain the traffic management that will be required. We'll continue to do all we can to minimise the disruption for the local community and road users while we're improving the water pipe network in Carlisle.
You can also find out more information in our project leaflet (PDF 1.3MB opens in a new window).
Milbourne Street area
Our next stage of work (project 10) involves renewing the water pipe which runs along Milbourne Street, Milbourne Crescent, Charlotte Street, Lorne Street and Randall Street (Milbourne Street overview map PDF 101KB opens in a new window). The work will be carried out in stages and is due to start on Monday 23 September. Traffic management and road closure information is detailed in the table below.