Drinking water quality is to be improved for thousands of customers in north Northumberland.
Northumbrian Water is to invest £85,000 to upgrade Fowberry water treatment works, near Wooler, which supplies water to 3000 properties in the Wooler, Coldstream, Holy Island and surrounding areas.
The work, which will begin on Tuesday, February 24 2009 and take up to two months to complete, will include the installation of a new UV filter, in April, and cleaning of boreholes which supply water to the treatment works.
Kathryn Waugh, distribution operations controller, said: “Fowberry water treatment works supplies up to three million litres of water every day and this essential work will ensure we safeguard high quality drinking water for the future.”
While the boreholes are cleaned, from Tuesday, February 24 2009 for up to three weeks, tankers will be temporarily used to ensure customers’ water supplies are maintained. Water is to be tankered from Wakrworth to the Wooler area.
During this time there may be an increase in noise levels and volume of traffic. Everything will be done to keep disruption to a minimum.
Anyone who has queries about the work should ring the Northumbrian Water Customer Centre on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.
Representatives from the water company will not need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out at Fowberry water treatment works. If a customer is in any doubt about the validity of a caller claiming to be from Northumbrian Water, they should not let them into their home. They should ring the company’s customer centre to confirm the caller’s identity.
For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.