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West Cumbria water supplies project

For more than 120 years, water for homes and businesses in West Cumbria has come from local sources, including Ennerdale.

The lake and the River Ehen, play host to many rare and protected species. It’s a very special place and we have an important role to make sure it stays this way.

With a growing population, and to help protect these precious local bodies of water, we're in the final stages of a project which means we'll no longer be abstracting water from Ennerdale. The West Cumbria water supplies project will help us to utilise Thirlmere Reservoir as the new source of water.

Our project has involved the construction of a huge new 62-mile pipeline, a new water treatment plant and a range of supporting infrastructure to supply around 80,000 homes and businesses in and around the towns of Egremont, Cockermouth and Whitehaven.  

The project is nearing completion. From June 2022, for the first time, West Cumbria will link into the rest of our regional water network and we'll begin the first stages of supplying customers with a new Lakeland water source - with Thirlmere at the heart.

Find out more information on our West Cumbria hub

 

 

West Cumbria water supplies project

Take a look at our plans to link West Cumbria to the rest of our regional water network via a major new pipeline from Thirlmere to West Cumbria.