Learn more about our plans to make a difference.
United Utilities has been working to protect and improve Windermere’s water quality for many years, taking responsibility for everything within our control and supporting others to act in any way they can to safeguard the lake for many generations to come.
We’ve been listening to what people have to say – and no-one wants to see sewage from storm overflows discharged into rivers. We get that and have ambitious plans to tackle this – getting set to deliver the largest environmental improvement in the country from 2025 and spending more than £19 million to do more and sooner at Windermere over the next two years.
Combined sewer overflows have been designed this way for many years and to avoid the risk of flooding of homes and businesses in heavy rainfall, so it will need a re-plumb of the drainage system across the North West, combined with introducing nature based solutions, such as reed beds, to achieve this.
This is similar to the switch from diesel to electric vehicles so it can’t happen overnight – but we remain committed to bringing about the improvements everyone wants to see so that we can all enjoy our region’s waterways. We will be doing more and sooner and read on to find out what we’ve done so far, the improvement that is delivering and what is coming next.
Watch our short video playlist to discover how we’re making a difference to Windermere, how we’re working with others to make a difference, and how you can make a difference.