United Utilities

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United Utilities leads the FTSE, while DCC is the largest faller

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Water company United Utilities is leading the FTSE 100 after rising 4% to 878.

It's also been a good day so far for AVEVA Group, up 3.52%, Evraz, up 3.36% and Vodafone, 3.06%.

The biggest faller in the blue-chip index is marketing services group DCC which is down 5.51% at 6,969 after announcing the purchase of Ion Laboratories, a US contract manufacturer.

Main street in Kendal to close for sewer repairs

Stramongate in Kendal is to be closed from Sunday for up to three days for repairs to a collapsed sewer.


United Utilities says drivers will still be able to get to Sand Aire House and Bridge Mills, through temporary traffic lights.

Other traffic will be diverted via Victoria Bridge.

Diggers head back to Carlisle commuter route again

One of Cumbria's busiest roads, which has been the scene of disruptive roadworks causing long delays for much of the past year, is going to be dug up again.

Both United Utilties and Northern Gas Networks have been replacing pipes in Carlisle's Warwick Road and now United Utilities says it will be replacing a section of lining material that was incorrectly installed earlier in the year.

Roadworks in Warwick Road

That means there'll be traffic lights in place between Botcherby Bridge and Greystone Road for about six weeks.

The lining is part of a £14m project to improve the city’s water supply, which is due to finish in 2020.

Busy Carlisle junction now open

A busy junction in Carlisle is now open after months of disruption caused by roadworks.

United Utilities roadworks

Unitied Utilities, which is carrying out water pipe works along Warwick Road, says temporary traffic lights have been removed from the turning into Victoria Place.

The road was meant to open back in June, but in August it was revealed that it could stay closed until November because of problems with a newly fitted pipe lining.

The water company says the pipe lining doesn't need to be replaced there and it's now carrying out tests further down the road between Botcherby Bridge and Greystone Road.

Temporary traffic lights are in place.

Water company grows trees for Workington power plant

The water company United Utilities, a major landowner in the Lake District, has planted land with willow trees to be cropped for generating electricity, for the first time.

Rows of baby trees in wet field
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Waterlogged fields next to the track leading to Keswick sewage works have been planted with 30,000 seedlings, which will eventually be burned in a biomass plant that powers the Iggesund paper mill in Workington.

We have never used willow for biomass before but we’re hoping this could be the first of many sites near our sewage works we might be able to use in this way.”

Caroline HoldenUnited Utilities

Water works on main Carlisle road 'could last until February'

Water pipe works along Carlisle's Warwick Road could last until February if a newly-fitted lining has to be replaced.

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United Utilities, the water company that's carrying out the works, says engineers are currently doing tests to assess the problem with the fitting.

It also means the turning from Warwick Road into Victoria Place - which was meant to reopen in June - could be shut for another 11 weeks.

Engineers will know by mid-September whether a new lining will need to be fitted.

If it doesn't, the roadworks could be cleared by the end of this year.

Gas mains work delayed until water pipes project completed

Part of a 10 week project to replace more than two miles of old gas mains serving the Botcherby area of Carlisle is being delayed until water mains work nearby in Warwick Road has been completed.

The gas mains work will mean closing Montgomery Way, Cumrew Close and Durranhill Road at various times.

Northern Gas Networks planned to start next week, but with the water mains work now expected to last into December, the gas firm said it would not now start parts of its project close to Warwick Road until after that.

The water mains work, by United Utilities, has caused sometimes long delays for a number of weeks, and is taking longer to complete than was expected.

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Northern Gas Networks

Water company says commuter route road works will overrun

Cumbria's water company says it will now be working on one of Carlisle's major roads until the end of the year.

United Utilities is upgrading the city's water pipes, and temporary traffic lights on Warwick Road have been causing disruption for months.

But a recently-discovered problem with some of the pipes already laid means this part of the work will now overrun.

John Hilton, the project director, said ageing infrastructure had to be replaced and the company was trying to get the work done as soon as possible.

We're not sure what the issue is yet, and we are looking at how we can rectify that problem, we'd rather fix it now than come back later and cause even further disruption."

John HiltonProject director

Cumbria's water pipes 'wired for sound' to detect leaks

Thousands of small acoustic devices are being attached to water mains across Cumbria and other parts of the North West to detect leaks.

Engineer with acoustic logger
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The £30m programme will see 100,000 of the devices fitted, one every quarter of a mile (400m) or so, to the pipes.

Many leaks never show on the surface, and the company says they are finding more faults because last year's dry summer has caused ground movements.

A trial in Manchester and Liverpool is though to have detected leaks and saved five million litres a day.