Decorative image - EnnerdaleEnnerdale and South Egremont

Taking action to keep the taps flowing and protect the environment

Ennerdale Water has been used for water supplies for more than 120 years. Our long term-plan to supply West Cumbria with a sustainable water supply focused on using Thirlmere Reservoir as the new source.  This will help to provide a resilient water supply and protect the sensitive environment at Ennerdale and the wider valley.

Even before the new West Cumbria project began, we had already carried out several projects to allow us to reduce the amount of water we take from Ennerdale. 

This included:

  • The creation of new ground water extraction points in south Egremont which link through to Ennerdale Water Treatment Works via a new 13km pipeline.
  • New pumps and treatment units at Ennerdale Water Treatment Works.
  • Reinstating the original course of Ben Gill, an old beck which now flows straight into the River Ehen – increasing the amount of water available to the river.
  • A new water pipeline from Summergrove Service Reservoir to Nannycatch Service Reservoir.

We've installed some underground pumps and a pipeline to help keep the River Ehen topped up when the water levels in Ennerdale are low and carried out work to improve the fish pass, this will mean that salmon can migrate from the river, to the lake and back again more easily.

We've ensured that updates regarding any possible water quality changes in the following areas – parts of Workington, Whitehaven, Distington, Cleator Moor, Moresby, Egremont, Frizington, Seascale, Gosforth, Bootle, St. Bees and Ennerdale Bridge were available Click here for more details.

Keep Cumbria flowing

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