On track to improve water quality

19.12.2011

Essential work that will improve water quality to the River Tweed gets underway in the New Year.

Northumbrian Water is to invest £75,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in the Railway Street area of Berwick.

The six-week scheme, which will begin on Monday January 9 2012, will stop untreated wastewater from three properties on Railway Street from being discharged into the River Tweed.

Ashley Ferguson, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Railway Street was built in the 1850’s and some properties still have the original connections in place.

“The work will involve constructing a new sewer along this road so we can connect properties into our network. This will have an environmental benefit by improving the quality of water that is returned to the River Tweed.

“We are undertaking the work under the conditions of an archaeological watching brief to ensure any artefacts connected with Berwick’s historic past are recorded and saved.”

As with all essential work, some temporary traffic management is necessary, but customers should be reassured that the water company is doing all it can, through careful planning with Northumberland County Council, to keep disruption to a minimum.

A road closure will be in place between 16 and 24 Railway Street from Wednesday January 11 2012 to Friday January 20 2012. During these dates, a temporary two-way flow of traffic will replace the one-way system between 16 Railway Street and the junction with the A1167 (Castlegate).

Construction traffic will need access to the areas where the work is being carried out, and the contractor’s compound, located in land belonging to Mitsubishi Motors on Tweedside Trading Estate.

Residents in the affected areas will receive detailed information about the work in writing.

Customers who require further advice or have any special needs should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.

It is unusual for anyone from Northumbrian Water, or contractor Owen Pugh GDC Limited, to require access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out in Berwick. Customers should be vigilant of bogus callers claiming to be from the water company.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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