Piping in flood protection

23.02.2012

A scheme to reduce the risk of homes from flooding, in Gateshead, is to begin next month.

Northumbrian Water will invest £230,000 to help protect seven properties on Woodside Gardens and Knightside Gardens in Dunston.

The work will begin on Monday March 5 2012 and will take up to ten weeks to complete.

Ian Cunliffe, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: "We are going to install 125 metres of new sewer pipe along sections of Knightside Gardens and along a small section of Woodside Gardens, near the junction with Knightside Gardens. We also need to carry out some work on the sewer in Westway.

"We appreciate the inconvenience and upset that property flooding can cause and reducing the likelihood of this is one of our top priorities. We are spending hundreds of millions of pounds to tackle flooding, from our sewer network, across the region."

It will be necessary for the utility to have temporary traffic management in place, on Knightside and Woodside Gardens and Westway, at certain times during the course of the work. Residents in the area will receive information and advice in writing.

Construction traffic will need access to working areas and to the water company’s site compound, which will be located in the grassed area opposite Westway.

Northumbrian Water is reminding customers to be vigilant about whom they let into their home. For extra peace of mind, the water company offers a password protection scheme – anyone from Northumbrian Water will know the registered word. Customers can either ring 0845 717 1100 or log onto www.nwl.co.uk to register a password.

For further information about the work in Dunston ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100.

For further information contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720.

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