An essential environmental scheme is to begin today on the outskirts of Durham.
Northumbrian Water is to invest £450,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in Sherburn Village.
The five-month scheme will involve constructing a new, screened combined sewer overflow at Front Street and installing more than 170 metres of sewer pipe on Front Street and along the disused railway line.
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 Sherburn Beck.
Steve Gray, 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 Durham County Council, to reduce the impact on residents. We thank customers in advance for their patience during the course of the work.”
Temporary traffic management will be in place during the course of the work on Front Street, between St Mary’s Drive and the disused railway line.
Construction traffic will need access to the sites where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located on land adjacent to Front Street, opposite St Mary’s Drive.
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.