A multi-million pound scheme, which will help to safeguard the water supply for up to 750,000 people in parts of Tyneside and Northumberland, has begun this week.
Northumbrian Water is to invest £4 million to install a 1.8 kilometre pipeline which will transfer raw water from the River Tyne to a water treatment works at Horsley.
The new 2100mm (83 inch) diameter pipe, which is being installed by engineering contractor, Costain, will further secure the water supply to three quarters of a million people. The pipe will be installed in eight-metre lengths, each weighing four tonnes, and will be laid, mostly, through agricultural land.
Graeme Ridley, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “Raw water is currently transferred to Horsley water treatment works by a 1397mm (55 inch) diameter pipe. The treatment works and pipe have both been in operation since around 1975. In the summer of 2010 the existing pipe burst putting water supplies at risk.
“Installing this second raw water main means that the water network in this area will be more robust and it will secure our customers’ water supply. The project will also provide more flexibility as to how we can move raw water around the network. Residents’ water supply will not be affected as a result of this work.”
Horsley water treatment works supplies water to parts of South Tyneside, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland and, on average, treats up to 70 million litres of water every day.
Employees from the utility or their contractors will not require access into peoples’ homes during the course of this work. Residents are asked to be vigilant about who they let into their property. Anyone with any queries should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100.
For further information contact Cara Charlton on 0191 301 6720.