Ironing out water quality


Work to improve tap water quality to thousands of properties on Tyneside and the Tyne Valley is to begin next week.

Northumbrian Water is to replace 54 kilometres of iron water pipes at a cost of £5.4 million. The scheme will benefit more than 9,000 properties.

A ten-month programme of work will begin in Ryton and Crawcrook on Thursday June 9 2011 and take ten months to complete. Thirty kilometres of pipe will be upgraded in these areas.

It will take eight months to replace 24 kilometres of water main in Fawdon and Kingston Park, Newcastle. This scheme will also begin on Thursday June 9 2011.

The new non-metallic water mains will ensure that the water network in these areas will be more robust, the likelihood of leakage will be reduced and excellent water quality will be maintained for future generations.

Alan Fittes, Northumbrian Water’s contract operations manager, said: “Wherever possible, underground techniques, that avoid digging long open trenches, will be used to install sections of new pipe. Most of the new pipe will be installed using the ‘pipe bursting’ method. Old iron pipe is broken up underground and the new pipe is pulled along inside it. Using this innovative technology means we can reduce disruption.

“If we need to turn off customers’ water supply, we will let them know beforehand. All customers affected by this improvement work should receive detailed information and advice in writing.”

In addition to replacing water mains, metallic communication pipes, which run from the water main to the external boundary of properties, will also be replaced. All communication pipes, regardless whether they are upgraded or not, will need to be transferred onto newly installed water mains.

The water company is asking residents to be vigilant about letting people into their homes while this work is being carried out. All Northumbrian Water employees carry identity cards and for extra peace of mind an access password can be registered with the utility.

It will be necessary to have temporary traffic management in place during the course of the work. Northumbrian Water is reassuring residents and commuters that it will do all it can to keep inconvenience to a minimum.

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Important information about work in the Ryton and Crawcrook areas
Important information about work in the Fawdon and Kingston Park areas

For further information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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