The Vyrnwy Aqueduct

Modernisation Programme

Explore the plans for your area

Click on the relevant virtual exhibition room to find out more about our plans for working on the Vyrnwy aqueduct in your local area.

Our drop-in sessions for Norton to Prescot are as follows:

  • St James with St Matthews Church, St Helens Road, Prescot, L34 2QB on Thursday 27 June between 2.30pm and 6.30pm
  • Rainhill Village Hall, Dane Court, Rainhill, L35 4LU on Tuesday 2 July between 2.30pm and 6.15pm
  • Everglades Hotel, Washington Suite, Derby Road, Widnes, WA8 3UJ on Thursday 4 July between 3pm and 6.30pm.

The Vyrnwy Aqueduct

United Utilities provides water to 7 million people across the North West through a network of pipes, aqueducts and reservoirs. Since 1892, the Vyrnwy Aqueduct, which runs from Lake Vyrnwy through to Merseyside, has helped deliver clean wholesome drinking water to customers and communities across Cheshire, Merseyside and the North West region. However, the pipeline now requires work to ensure the quality of your drinking water and to reduce the number of water discolouration currently experienced by some of our customers that are supplied by the Vyrnwy Aqueduct.

Our Programme

We have already refurbished 40% of the pipe and will now be completing the remaining length from Malpas through to Merseyside between now and 2028.

We anticipate to start our main construction in 2023 and we will split work into three sections;

We are working with Local Authorities and stakeholders across Cheshire and Merseyside to obtain the relevant permissions for our work and engaging with those communities most affected by our proposals.