Homes in a Newcastle suburb will soon benefit from increased water pressure.
Northumbrian Water is to upgrade Kenton Pumping Station, which supplies water to homes in this area.
The £230,000 project, which will begin on Monday August 29 2011 and take up to four months to complete, will involve building a new, three-pump station in land off Howat Avenue and the A167 (Ponteland Road), near the Cowgate Roundabout, to replace the existing facility on the A167.
The new pumping station will be operational from late December 2011.
Iain Burn, project manager for the scheme, said: “We are constantly looking at more effective and efficient ways to move water around the network. The new station is capable of pumping up to four million litres of water per day and will increase water pressure for homes in the Kenton area.”
The existing pumping station will remain fully operational throughout the work. Customers will be notified in advance if any interruption to their water supply is necessary during the work.
During the course of the work there may be an increase in noise levels and the volume of traffic on the A167 (Ponteland Road) during the working hours of 8.00am to 5.00pm.
Anyone who has queries about the work should ring the Northumbrian Water customer centre on
0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.
The work is part of Northumbrian Water’s £1.2 billion investment between 2010 and 2015 to upgrade its vast water and sewerage networks.
Representatives from the water company, or its contractor, Montgomery Watson Harza Constructors, will not require access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out at Kenton Pumping Station.
If a customer is in any doubt about the validity of a caller claiming to be from Northumbrian Water, they should not let them into their home. They should ring the company’s customer centre to confirm the caller’s identity.
For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.