Essential improvement work to reduce the risk of flooding and improve river water quality is to benefit Bishop Auckland.
Northumbrian Water is to invest £200,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in the Evenwood Lane and Farncombe Terrace area of Evenwood.
The twelve-week improvement scheme, which begins this week, will involve upgrading 350 metres of sewer pipe and screening a combined sewer overflow.
Combined sewer overflows are designed to discharge wastewater into watercourses in times of very heavy rainfall to protect properties and surrounding land from flooding. They are consented by the Environment Agency. The screened combined sewer overflow will also improve the water quality of Crook Beck.
Danny Coyne, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “This upgrade will have a positive environmental impact as it will improve the quality of wastewater discharged to Crook Beck in times of heavy rainfall.
“We will do all we can, through careful planning with Durham County Council to keep any disruption to a minimum.”
It will be necessary to close Randolph Terrace for one week in early June. Temporary traffic lights will be in place for one week following the work on Randolph Terrace. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
It is very unlikely that anyone from Northumbrian Water will need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out.
If customers are in any doubt of a caller claiming to be from the water company, they should not let them into their home. They should ring the company’s customer centre on 0845 717 1100 to confirm the caller’s identity.
For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.