Invitation in the pipeline


Residents in Northumberland are invited to find out about work to reduce the possibility of tap water being discoloured.

Northumbrian Water began its largest ever trunk mains cleaning programme in 2007 and is now to clean 38 kilometres of pipe between Gosforth, Newcastle and Warkworth, Northumberland.

Trunk mains are large diameter pipes which move water around the region and by 2011 the water company will have invested £30 million to clean or upgrade 156 kilometres of pipe which supplies half a million people in South East Northumberland, North Tyneside and north of Newcastle.

This phase of work, which will benefit more than 57,000 people in Cramlington, Blyth, Ashington, Morpeth, Pegswood, Widdrington, Newbiggin by the Sea, Acklington, Morwick, Amble and surrounding areas, will begin in early September and take fifteen months to complete.

Affected residents will receive further information and an invitation to drop in at one of five customer information sessions, to be held over a two-week period, in writing.

Customer information sessions

Area Date and time Venue
Morpeth Tuesday, 18 August 2009
3.00pm to 7.00pm
Morpeth Parish Hall, Grange Road, Morpeth, NE61 2TL
Amble Wednesday, 19 August 2009
3.00pm to 7.00pm
Amble Parish Hall, Dovecote Street, Amble, NE65 0DX
Ashington Thursday, 20 August 2009
3.00pm to 7.00pm
Ashington Parish Church Hall, Station Road, Ashington, NE63 8HG
Blyth Tuesday, 25 August 2009
3.00pm to 7.00pm
St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Bridge Street, Blyth, NE24 2JP
Cramlington Wednesday, 26 August 2009
3.00pm to 7.00pm
Concordia Leisure Centre, Forum Way, Cramlington, NE23 6YB

Stuart Tilley, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said:  “We will divide our trunk main, which runs between Gosforth and Warkworth, into six sections and clean them using high pressure water jetting.  This will significantly reduce the likelihood of discoloured water in the long term. 

“To ensure customers’ supply is maintained while we carry out this work, we will need to move water around the network.  This may cause harmless, temporary discolouration and we ask customers to run off their first mains-fed tap for up to 30 minutes if they need to clear their supply.”

Customers on a metered supply, who experience discoloured water as a result of this work and need to run it off, need to notify Northumbrian Water and they may be given an allowance on their bill.

For further information or advice ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log onto

For further information contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720.

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