Sewer upgrade protects County Durham Beck


Northumbrian Water is to invest £600,000 to upgrade the sewerage network and improve the environment in the Metal Bridge area of County Durham.

The five-month combined sewer overflow scheme, which is to begin on Monday, November 2 2009, will improve water quality to East Howle Beck.

Combined sewer overflows are consented by the Environment Agency to discharge wastewater into watercourses in times of very heavy rainfall, to protect properties and surrounding land from flooding.

Work will involve installing 110 metres of new sewer pipe along Bridge Street. The pipe will run under the East Coast Mainline railway bridge and join a new combined sewer overflow, to be constructed in the grounds of Metal Bridge Pumping Station.

Angela Hardcastle, project manager for the scheme, said: “This scheme is part of an £85 million investment between 2005 and 2010 to upgrade and screen 481 combined sewer overflows throughout the region and further improve river and bathing water quality.

“Customers should be reassured that we will do all we can, through careful planning with Durham County Council, to reduce the impact on residents. We thank customers in advance for their patience during the course of the work.”

In order to carry out this essential work, it will be necessary to close a section of Bridge Street, from the Poachers Pocket public house to the junction with Thinford Road, from Monday, January 4 2010 for up to three months.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and the car park at the Poachers Pocket public house will remain open for business throughout the works.

Construction traffic will need access to the sites where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located in land next to Metal Bridge Pumping Station.

Residents directly affected by the work will receive prior notification of the work in writing.

It is very unlikely that Northumbrian Water employees will need to access customers’ homes while the work is carried out and people should be vigilant of bogus callers.

For further information and advice, or to register any special needs, customers should ring the Northumbrian Water customer centre on 0845 717 1100.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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