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Windermere residents invited to view United Utilities water investment plans

Posted: 14/11/23

United Utilities is holding a series of public drop-in events to present its plans for reducing storm water spills into Windermere.

The company is planning to make an early start on a multi-million pound package of investment at four sites around the lake: Hawkshead, Near Sawrey, Elterwater and Ambleside.

The events are taking place at 2pm-7pm each day at:

  • Monday 20 November: Hawkshead Market Hall, Hawkshead
  • Tuesday 21 November: Marchesi Centre, Windermere
  • Wednesday, 22 November: Ambleside Parish Centre, Ambleside

People will be able to find out more about the way the drainage system currently works around Windermere and what changes will be needed to reduce the risk of sewage entering the lake.

At Ambleside, Elterwater and Hawkshead United Utilities is planning to build storage tanks which together will be large enough to hold around 11 million litres of storm water – the equivalent of more than four Olympic-sized swimming pools.

While at Near Sawrey the company is developing a surface water separation scheme. This will see rainwater diverted away from the sewer network to create a Sustainable Drainage Solution (SuDS) feature in a landscaped area where it will be able to soak away into the ground naturally, freeing up capacity in the sewer network and at the local wastewater treatment plant.

The work forms part of a £1.5 billion programme of accelerated investment which United Utilities is starting over the next two years, aimed at improving the North West’s rivers, seas and lakes.

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