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're carrying out this work - we do understand that roadworks are never welcome and we're doing all we can to minimise the disruption for the community and road users while we're improving the water pipe network in Carlisle.
Our routine tests have indicated that a section of the installed pipe has not met our strict standards, so the team will need to replace the section from Botcherby Bridge towards Greystone Road. The council's highway team already have some temporary traffic lights in place while they carry out work, so we're taking the opportunity to work together and minimise the disruption by extending the working area so we can also complete our work.
There will be some traffic management required while we complete this work which is detailed in the table below.
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 started on Monday 23 September and is expected to take around 3 months to complete. The work will be carried out in stages and will require some temporary road closures and traffic management to be in place - so our team can complete the work safely. Further information is detailed in the table below.