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Getting great water to your tap

Laying new pipes

We're constructing new pipelines to distribute the treated water into the wider network. The new pipes will be built across predominantly agricultural land and link from the treatment works at Williamsgate, through to our existing service reservoirs at Quarry Hill, Summergrove and Kelton Fell.

The map illustrates the pipeline route (PDF 113KB opens in new window) for the first of the new sections of pipe to be constructed from the treatment works site, through to Quarry Hill Service Reservoir. We've started to set up our compound area and access points so we're ready to install the new pipeline. The pipeline is expected to be completed in October 2017.

How this may affect you

The pipeline spans almost 12km  and crosses several roads, so we will need to put some temporary road closures in place - but don't worry, we will ensure diversions are clearly signed. We understand road closures will be inconvenient and thank you for bearing with us.

New underground service reservoirs

We're constructing two new service reservoirs to store the treated water and link into the new distribution pipe network - one at High Leys and another at Moota Hill.

Construction work is expected to start at both sites in late spring/summer 2018. Once completed in autumn 2020, the service reservoirs will be substantial underground structures that will blend into the existing landscape.

Refurbishing pipes on our existing water network

We're also refurbishing some of the existing pipes on our water network between Stainburn Service Reservoir and Cornhow Service Reservoir.  This work will be completed in two stages and involves inserting smaller diameter pipes inside the existing buried pipe, creating a secure new lining - a technique known as sliplining.

Although this method is generally less disruptive, some of our existing pipes are located in the road, so there may be some temporary traffic management required while we carry out our work.

Stage one started in June 2017 to refurbish the pipes between Stainburn and Broughton Cross, with completion expected in autumn 2018. Our project leaflet illustrates where we'll be working and how you may be affected (PDF 351KB opens in new window).

We'll carry out an initial element from stage two of our project to refurbish the pipes between Broughton Cross and Cornhow in 2018.

The overview map illustrates all elements of the West Cumbria Water Supplies project (PDF 95KB opens in new window).