Bathing water quality in Northumberland is to be improved by a £1.1 million scheme to begin in the New Year.
Northumbrian Water is to upgrade its sewerage network in the Alnmouth area to prevent raw sewage being discharged to sea.
The environmental scheme, which will begin on Monday, January 4 2010 and take up to nine months to complete, will involve installing a new septic tank and 250 metres of sewer and outfall pipe.
The water company is working with relevant agencies, including Natural England, to ensure wildlife in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is protected. No work will be carried out on the affected section of beach, between November and March, which is important for its wintering purple sandpiper and turnstone birds.
Glyn Jenkins, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “Delivering excellent service to customers and protecting the environment is at the heart of all we do. This improvement work, which will ensure we meet increasing government standards, will also improve bathing water quality in the area. Since the 1990s Northumbrian Water has invested more than £1 billion to clean up the beautiful North East coastline.”
During the course of the work it will be necessary to close the public footpath which leads from Alnmouth Golf Club onto the beach and a diversion route will be put in place.
Residents should be reassured that everything will be done to keep disruption to a minimum. Customers who require further advice or have any special needs should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.
It is unusual for anyone from the water company to require 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 to confirm the caller’s identity.
For further information contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720.