Efficiency at a County Durham sewage treatment works is to be improved as a £1.5 million investment project gets underway.
Northumbrian Water is upgrading the sludge treatment process at Tudhoe Mill sewage treatment works at Tudhoe, County Durham.
The new process will reduce the volume of water in the sludge left after wastewater treatment, making it easier to handle and reducing amounts for transportation and disposal.
The work, which began earlier this month, will take up to six months to complete.
Tudhoe Mill sewage treatment works treats up to 715,000 litres of wastewater every hour from more than 22,000 customers in Tudhoe, Spennymoor, Sunderland Bridge, Croxdale, Hett, West Cornforth and part of Ferryhill.
Andy Downer, project manager for the upgrade, said: “Sludge dewatering is an important step in wastewater treatment and the upgrade will lead to efficiencies and improvements to the treatment process.
”Sludge dewatering also has environmental benefits, as there will be less material for transportation and disposal.”
During the course of the work, construction traffic will access the site via St Charles Road and everything will be done to keep disruption to a minimum.
Anyone who has queries about the work should ring the Northumbrian Water Customer Centre on 0845 717 1100.
Representatives from the water company will not need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out at Tudhoe Mill sewage treatment works. If a customer is in any doubt about the validity of a caller claiming to be from Northumbrian Water, they should not let them into their home. They should ring the company’s customer centre to confirm the caller’s identity.
For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.