Pumping station upgrade


A Morpeth water pumping station is set for a £150,000 modernisation.

Northumbrian Water is to upgrade Netherwitton Pumping Station, which pumps 350,000 litres of water every day to a reservoir in Hill End. The reservoir supplies water to 350 homes in rural Northumberland.

The work, which will begin on Monday March 26 2012 and take up to three months to complete, will involve building a new, two-pump station in land next to the existing pumping station, to replace the existing facility.

The new pumping station will be operational from the end of May 2012.

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 the upgrade will enable us to pump water much more efficiently.”

The existing pumping station will remain fully operational throughout the work.

During the course of the work there may be an increase in noise levels and the volume of traffic in the Netherwitton area, although all deliveries to the working site will be arranged outside of peak times.

Nearby residents have been informed of the work in writing. 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.

Representatives from the water company, or its contractor, Byzak Limited, will not require access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out at Netherwitton 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.

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