Quality Coquet

02.02.2009

Water quality of one of Northumberland’s finest rivers is to be further improved.

Northumbrian Water has today begun a £200,000 scheme to upgrade its sewerage network in the Beal Bank area of Warkworth.

The work, which will take up to ten weeks to complete, will involve upgrading and screening a combined sewer overflow and improve water quality in the River Coquet.

Danny Coyne, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said:  “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.  As the overflow is going to be screened, this will have a positive impact on river water quality.

”Between 2005 and 2010 we are investing £249 million to upgrade our vast sewerage network which includes upgrading hundreds of combined sewer overflows across the North East.”

During the course of the work it will be necessary to have temporary traffic lights in place on the A1068 (Beal Bank).  Everything will be done, through careful planning with Northumberland County Council, to keep disruption to a minimum.

Employees from Northumbrian Water or their contractor, Lumsdon & Carroll Construction, will not require access into peoples’ homes while this work is carried out.

For further information about the work ring the Northumbrian Water Customer Centre on 0845 717 1100 or log on www.nwl.co.uk

For further information contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720.

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