UU's 'aquanauts' prepare for Haweswater Aqueduct return
Specialist engineers at United Utilities (UU) are making a return journey into the 56-mile Haweswater Aqueduct to inspect the pipeline and carry out maintenance where required. The four- week project, which starts in late September, will be delivered by a team of 450 'aquanauts', which is preparing for the work at a bespoke training camp.
Two years ago, 80 aquanauts, assisted by 16 specialist Vehicle Access Systems, entered the Haweswater Aqueduct for the first time since the water from Haweswater arrived to Manchester in 1955. The team carried out structural analysis over a two-week window to make sure the pipeline continues to meet the demands of today.
John Butcher, from United Utilities, said: “When we headed into the aqueduct it was a delight to step into a moment of history and see and touch the tunnel during the inspection. The aqueduct has stood the test of time however; it does need a little TLC.
"While we’re in there this time, our aquanauts will be scanning every inch of the tunnel and fixing what they can.”
Paul Anderton, senior project manager at UU, added: “By working together, we should be able to offer a seamless service, and our customers’ won’t even notice us working hundreds of feet beneath their homes investigating and repairing the pipe that serves water to their taps.”
Haweswater Aqueduct, which took more than 20 years to build, is capable of delivering 570Ml of clean drinking water a day from Cumbria to Manchester and surrounding towns and villages in Lancashire.
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