Double pumping station refurbishment


Half a million pounds is being spent on the modernisation of two County Durham water pumping stations.

Northumbrian Water is to upgrade Coxhoe and Copley Pumping Stations, which serve homes in the Quarrington Hill and Woodlands areas.

The work at Coxhoe, which will begin on Thursday, April 21 2011 and take up to three months to complete, will involve replacing existing pumps with more efficient ones.

An identical scheme will begin at the Copley site on Wednesday June 8 2011 for two months.

Iain Burn, project manager for the scheme, said: “Northumbrian Water is committed to providing a high quality of service to its customers throughout the region and this work is part of our £1.2 billion investment between 2010 and 2015 to upgrade our vast water and sewerage networks.

“We are constantly looking at more effective ways to move water around the network and our investment at Coxhoe and Copley Pumping Stations will increase the efficiency of both plants.”

Both pumping stations will remain fully operational throughout the work and customers should be reassured that there will be no interruption to their water supply.

During the course of the work at both sites there may be an increase in noise levels and the volume of construction traffic during the contractor’s working hours of 8.00am to 5.00pm.

Some large deliveries are expected to the sites while the work is being carried out. A traffic management system will be in place at the Copley site at these times, to allow vehicles to pass and to provide access to neighbouring properties.

Anyone who has queries about the work should ring the Northumbrian Water customer centre on 0845 717 1100 or log on to

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 on both pumping stations.

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.

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