Protecting homes


Residents are being urged to be vigilant about bogus callers while a flood protection scheme is carried out on Wearside.

Northumbrian Water is investing £650,000 to install 385 metres of new sewer pipe and provide an additional 140,000 litres of storm water storage in Penshaw.

The work, which will begin on Monday, August 3 2009 and take up to five months to complete, will reduce the risk of flooding to two properties in West View.

Paul Davison, the water company’s project manager for the scheme, said:  “We will be installing new sewer pipe in Fenwick Street, West View, Langdale Road and Back Lane and the additional storage will be built in land off Langdale Road.  Short term disruption is inevitable, but the scheme will have long term benefits.

“Our customers should always ensure they follow Northumbrian Water and police advice before letting anyone they are not expecting into their home.  They should check identification thoroughly and register a password with us for extra peace of mind.  While this work is carried out we will not need access into customers’ homes, but may need access to manholes in private land.”

At various stages during the course of the work it will be necessary to have temporary traffic management in place on Back Lane, Langdale Road, Fenwick Street and West View.  Construction traffic will access work sites and the site compound, which will be in land off Langdale Road/Back Lane.

Customers have been sent detailed information in writing.  Anyone with queries or who wants to register a password, for themselves or an elderly relative or friend, should ring the Northumbrian Water customer centre on 0845 717 1100 or log onto

For further information contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720.

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