Plans for central section of region’s biggest plumbing project posted online for customers in Lancaster and the Ribble Valley

The water company is renovating the gigantic Haweswater Aqueduct that has brought drinking water from Cumbria, via Lancashire and Greater Manchester since 1955.

Time has taken its toll on the pipeline and efforts must be made to minimize water disturbances and maintain water quality.

The Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Program (HARP) proposes to replace six sections of the 110 km pipeline.

Archive photo of Haweswater Aqueduct under construction.

Following the innovative virtual public exhibition, launched due to Covid restrictions, United Utilities is now publishing its scheduling application proposals online with plans for the two new proposed tunnel sections, stretching between Lancaster and Ribble Valley.

More than 12,000 people took part in face-to-face public exhibitions last year, or visited the virtual site to view proposals, with 2,000 people taking the opportunity to express their views on the plans.

Proposals for this section of the pipeline can be viewed hereThe online plans follow the same format as the virtual exhibition site and show details of each work area. They also include an interactive map and FAQ document.

Full details of the proposals will be included in planning applications to be submitted to Lancaster City Council and Ribble Valley Borough Council in June 2021.

Stakeholder Manager, Jemma Parkinson, said: “We would like to thank everyone who participated in our consultation process and especially everyone who sent us their views and comments.

“We have been busy consulting with communities, customers, businesses and stakeholders to help develop this program.

“Thousands of people have had their say and helped us deliver one of the largest consultation exercises we have ever conducted.

“Their input has helped establish the definitive program of works that will ensure vital water services for generations to come,” she added.

United Utilities also plans to host a live webinar on June 3 at 6pm so customers can hear more about the plans.

The webinar is hosted by the planners, engineers and specialists of the projects who discuss the proposed central pipelines.

Customers interested in participating in the webinar can register for the event by visiting here

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