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Water Supply Improvement?
Due to the revocation of the Ennerdale Water abstraction licence,
as a result of obligations under the EC Habitats Directive and a requirement to protect England’s largest population of freshwater mussels (in the River Ehen),
United Utilities needed to provide an alternative water source for West Cumbria to enable the current Ennerdale licence to be revoked by 2022.
As a result a £300 million project, being paid for by all United Utilities customers, is underway to supply West Cumbria from Thirlmire.
This will increase demand on Thirlmire and Haweswater and so increase the likelihood of future water shortages in the Northwest.
Hopefully the mussels will appreciate the "improvement". Further details at http://www.lakestay.co.uk/mussels.html.