United Utilities are spending millions of pounds searching for new water supplies for west Cumbria in a bid to protect the natural habit of current water sources.
Homes in Copeland and Allerdale are currently served by Ennerdale Water.
Engineers hunting new water sources for homes and businesses in the west of the county will start investigating the routes of potential new pipelines over the next few weeks.
The project could take United Utilities until 2025, and environmental experts say it is vital to protect some of the UK’s most vulnerable habitats, like Ennerdale.
Until the supply is in place United Utilities want to know how homeowners think they should protect the water source during a drought.
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