Water on Wheels scheme launched in Lancashire

December 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Homeowners across Britain, particularly those who are vulnerable or live on their own, often worry about the potentially devastating consequences of losing water supply, even for a relatively short period of time. A water company in Lancashire has worked to ease concerns for those living in the region by unveiling a fleet of tankers worth £1 million and split between bases in Samlesbury and Bickerstaffe in a bid to keep the water flowing at all times.

The scheme, called Water on Wheels, is the brainchild of United Utilities and aims to ensure that no homeowner has to make do without water supply, even when emergencies or planned mains work put the main water supply at risk. The scheme relies upon nine Volvo articulated super-tankers, each of which can carry 30,000 litres of water and the tankers have already been put to good use since their launch, with those in the Blackburn, Accrington, and Preston areas of the region particularly thankful for the new scheme.

Colin McDermott, the Emergency Plant manager at United Utilities, revealed that the company are constantly striving to meet the expectations of those whose water they supply but the one thing that customers demand more than any other is, quite understandably, a steady and reliable supply of water. With significant bursts in the water network usually compromising the ability of said network to supply water, the tankers will now be able to pump around 2,400 litres each minute into the mains whilst the necessary repairs are being made by engineers.

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