United Utilities has announced that Geotechnics has started work on a 10 week ground investigation project that forms part of the utility company’s plans to improve its water supply network in west Cumbria.
The boreholes are being constructed along the preferred route for a new pipeline that will connect water users in Allerdale and Copeland to Thirlmere reservoir. The new pipeline is designed to allow UU to stop water extraction from Ennerdale by 2025 when the Environment Agency has said that it will withdraw the abstraction licence for Ennerdale in order to prevent damage to the local ecology.
UU programme director said that the investigation to establish the geology at key points along the proposed pipeline route is essential to make sure the gravity transfer pipe can be built safely and with minimal disruption to local people.
“We’re still at least a year away from submitting any planning applications, and we’re keen to hear what people have to say about the route,” he added. “These investigations will give us valuable data too.”
Ground investigation work started this week at Keswick Bridge and fields near Brundholme Road near Keswick leisure centre. The second phase of the work will be undertaken over two weekends in February to minimise disruption to a local school before moving into central Keswick between the Royal Mail sorting office and Penrith Road in late February. The final phase of the investigation will be undertaken in agricultural land to the north of the A66 to the east of Keswick.
UU has said that it hopes construction of the new pipeline would be completed by 2019 and be operations by 2021 or 2022.