Lake Windermere is a beautiful and well-loved tourist destination in the Lake District and it faces some particular challenges to water quality as a result of nutrients, climate change, more extreme weather patterns and the seasonal variations of visitor numbers.
We’re part of the Love Windermere partnership which is working to better understand the factors affecting water quality so that action can be prioritised in the coming years. The action plan will be based on scientific evidence and it will consider the way farmland is managed around the lake as well as how rainwater drains from built-up areas, and the way sewage systems and private septic tanks are managed.
In 2020 United Utilities completed a project to upgrade the sewage system and treatment plants around Windermere. This video has more information about the work that we did.