Improving Whickham water quality

14.09.2009

Essential improvement work in Gateshead will improve water quality.

Northumbrian Water is to invest £400,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in the Whickham area.

The four-month scheme will begin today (Monday, September 14 2009) and will involve constructing a new combined sewer overflow in Broom Lane and new sewers on Broom Lane, Sunniside Road and in private land next to Sunniside Road.

Combined sewer overflows are consented by the Environment Agency to discharge wastewater into watercourses in times of very heavy rainfall, to protect properties and surrounding land from flooding. The screened overflow will have a positive impact on river water quality to the Black Burn.

Kevin Fleming, project manager for the scheme, said: “This work is part of an £85 million investment between 2005 and 2010 to upgrade and screen 481 combined sewer overflows throughout the region, which will further improve river and bathing water quality.

“We appreciate that this essential work will cause some disruption, but customers should be reassured that we will do all we can, through careful planning with Gateshead Council, to reduce the impact on residents. We thank customers in advance for their patience during the course of the work.”

It will be necessary to close the public footpath to the south of Broom Lane, from the end of September 2009 for up to six weeks.

Construction traffic will need access to the sites where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located in private land next to Sunniside Road.

Residents directly affected by the work will receive prior notification of the work in writing.

It is very unlikely that Northumbrian Water employees will need to access customers’ homes while the work is carried out and people should be vigilant of bogus callers.

For further information and advice, or to register any special needs, customers should ring the Northumbrian Water Customer Centre on 0845 717 1100.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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