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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, 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 (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 next stage of work

We understand roadworks can be inconvenient and are never welcome! Our team will be working to refurbish two large water pipes that run along Montgomery Way and Warwick Road. 

We will be working to refurbish one pipe at a time, so that the other pipe is kept in operation to keep taps flowing.  It's expected this work will take around 12 months to complete and we will do all we can to minimise the disruption, but there will be some temporary traffic management in place which will move along as our work progresses.  You can also find out more information in our project leaflet (PDF 1.3MB opens in a new window). 

Pop in and speak to the team

From Tuesday 13 August until Thursday 22 August our project team are holding some drop-in sessions at our on-site office, located near to the Beehive Public House on Warwick Road. Our customer team can provide further details about our work and will be happy to answer any queries you may have. 

We're available on the following days and times. Tuesday 9am to midday, Wednesday from midday until 3pm and Thursday between 3pm and 7pm. Just pop in.



Expected Completion
Project 4 - Field at the junction of Montgomery Way and Durranhill Road Inserting new sections of pipe into the existing water pipe which runs along Montgomery Way towards Victoria Road. This work will continue until spring 2020
Projects 4 and 5 - Warwick Road

Our team will need to complete elements of work on the water pipe along Warwick Road. This will involve digging holes either in the verge, footpath or road to access the water pipe at specific locations.

Temporary two-way traffic lights are currently located outside the Beehive public house which will be in place until the end of August 2019.  We'll do all we can to help keep traffic flowing.  

Work ongoing in several locations
Project 4 - Victoria Road The lane closure has now been removed, but our team are continuing with some work in the footpath. End of August 2019
Project 4  - St Aidan's Road There will be a temporary one-way system along parts of St Aidan's Road between the junction of Victoria Place and Warwick Road.  Traffic heading west on Warwick Road will be prevented from turning onto Victoria Place or St Aidan's Road. A short diversion and one-way system will be in place (PDF 1.7MB opens in a new window) to direct traffic onto Hartington Place and Chatsworth Square. Traffic heading east along Victoria Place can exit onto St Aidan's Road and Warwick Road as normal. End of August 2019
Project 4 - Greystone Road Road closure on Greystone Road at the junction of Warwick Road to help keep traffic flowing on Warwick Road. Until October 2019
Project 4 - Field next to Carlisle Youth Zone Our team are working to connect new sections of water pipe.   From Monday 13 May until end of August 2019


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.

Overnight work

For some stages of the project we'll use high pressure water jetting to flush the pipes and remove the mineral deposits from the network.  This work often takes place overnight when there is less demand for water. We will be using equipment that will generate noise, however our teams will do all they can to ensure any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.

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 our programme of work 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.

Our projects in Carlisle

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