River water quality in the Tees Valley and County Durham is to be further improved.
Northumbrian Water is to invest £350,000 to upgrade and screen four combined sewer overflows in the Sedgefield area.
Combined sewer overflows are designed, and consented by the Environment Agency, to discharge wastewater into watercourses in times of very heavy rainfall to protect properties and land from flooding.
The work, which is to begin on Monday January 12 2009, will take up to three months to complete and improve river water quality in the River Tees, River Skerne, Shotton Beck and Redcar Beck.
Steve Gray, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “This work is part of our multi-million pound programme to upgrade hundreds of combined sewer overflows right across the North East.
“The combined sewer overflows we are upgrading in the Sedgefield area are located at the junction of Stockton Road and Beacon Lane, in East End and in land east of the Leas and east of The Orchard.”
During the course of the work it will be necessary to have traffic management in place in East End. Everything will be done to keep any disruption to a minimum.
Northumbrian Water may need to access manholes located in residents’ drives or gardens but will not require access into customers’ homes.
Further information about the work can be obtained by ringing Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or by logging onto www.nwl.co.uk.
For further information contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720.