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Burst sewer affects Whitehaven harbour

The burst pipe has caused some damage to the road Credit: Creative Commons

Visitors to Whitehaven harbour are being warned to expect some disruption after a sewer burst on West Strand yesterday evening.

The burst caused some damage to the road and has resulted in temporary access arrangements at the West Strand Marina and car park, Old New Quay car park and The Beacon Museum.

Initial repair work in the early hours of Friday 21 July revealed that the pipe, which normally carries wastewater from the local pumping station up to Whitehaven treatment works, is covered in concrete.

United Utilities say they took the decision to stop work at 3am and continue this morning:

We’ll continue to liaise with Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners and Copeland Council to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and minimise any disruption in the harbour area over the weekend.”

– Andrew Kendall, Area Business Manager, United Utilities

Brown water reportedly flowing from Carlisle taps

The company is offering advice. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images

Brown water has been flowing from taps in homes in the CA3 area of Carlisle.

United Utilities says it's received a number of calls from concerned residents, who have noticed discoloured water.

The company says it is because of a disturbance to the pipes in the area.

These pipes have naturally occurring sediments and minerals at the bottom, which can get disturbed from time to time.

We know it doesn’t look nice but don’t worry, it’s unlikely to be harmful and will settle down again with time. You can help with this by letting your cold water tap run at a slight trickle until your water runs crystal clear again.

In the meantime we have one of our inspectors keeping an eye on this to make sure it settles back down again soon. We’re sorry if this has affected you getting on with your everyday jobs.

– United Utilities

People urged to wrap pipes before cold spell returns

People are being urged to wrap their external pipes before the cold spell returns.

Thousands of people end up with burst pipes every year because they've been allowed to freeze over.

Burst pipes can cause a huge amount of water damage, as well as extensive repair bills.

Simon Bullen, from United Utilities, has some helpful advice on what to do if you have burst pipes, and more importantly, how to prevent it from happening.

He's been speaking to our reporter Lori Carnochan:

Cogra Moss reservoir will not be permanently drained

Cogra Moss Credit: ITV Border

A popular Cumbrian reservoir will not be permanently drained, according to the company that owns it.

United Utilities was considering draining Cogra Moss, in X, to return it to its natural form.

It was one of two options for the reservoir, because a dam there needs refurbishing.

That led to campaigns against the proposal, because many people consider the area to be a beauty spot, and it is popular with anglers.

The company has now opted instead to reduce the water levels for a short time, to allow the repairs to take place.

A public exhibition will be held in the new year, to show what this work will entail.

We have taken everything into consideration from the safety of the public, needs of wildlife and the local community’s love of the area with the required investment for the two options available.

This study has allowed us to arrive at the best long-term solution for the site.”

– Paul Phillips from United Utilities


Anglers warning over Cumbria beauty spot

Cogra Moss Credit: ITV Border

Cogra Moss, which is no longer part of the water network, is under threat because a dam there needs refurbishment.

United Utilities says the idea is just one option being considered, but anglers claim the West Cumbrian beauty spot will be destroyed if the reservoir is drained.

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