Scheme to protect river quality


Essential improvement work in Blaydon will reduce the risk of flooding and improve river water quality.

Northumbrian Water is to invest £100,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in the Winlaton Mill area.

The six-week improvement scheme will begin on Monday, April 27 2009 and will involve upgrading and screening a combined sewer overflow.

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 surrounding land from flooding. The screened combined sewer overflow will also improve the water quality of the River Derwent.

Mark Johnston, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “This upgrade will have a positive environmental impact as it will improve the quality of wastewater discharged to the River Derwent  in times of heavy rainfall.

“We will do all we can, through careful planning, to keep any disruption to a minimum.”

During the course of the essential work construction traffic will need access to the sites where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located in private land off West Lea.

It is very unlikely that anyone from Northumbrian Water will need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out.

If customers are in any doubt of a caller claiming to be from the water company, they should not let them into their home. They should ring the company’s customer centre on 0845 717 1100 to confirm the caller’s identity.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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