Residents invited to learn about sewer scheme

16.08.2012

Residents in Thornaby are invited to find out more about a £2.4 million programme of work to improve water quality in the River Tees.

The seven-month Northumbrian Water scheme, which will begin on Monday September 3 2012, will involve upgrading and screening a combined sewer overflow (CSO), in land between Acklam Road and Lanehouse Road in Thornaby.

The water company will also need to install a 250 metre section of sewer outfall pipe that will be constructed in a tunnel within the access track to Thornaby Football Club.

Residents in the area are invited to drop in and find out more about this work at a customer information session the utility is holding on Tuesday August 21 2012 at Thornaby Cricket Club, Mandale Bottoms, Acklam Road, Thornaby, TS17 7JS between 2.00pm and 6.30pm.

Ian Davison, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: "Combined sewer overflows are approved by the Environment Agency and are designed to protect properties and surrounding land from flooding by discharging diluted wastewater into watercourses in times of heavy rainfall.

"The new screen which we will fit to the CSO near Acklam Road will prevent solids and debris from entering the River Tees in times of heavy rainfall and this will have a positive impact on the water quality.

"This is one of many schemes that we will carry out between 2010 and 2015 to upgrade our vast sewer network at a cost of more than £150 million.

"Residents should be reassured that we will do all we can to keep any disruption and inconvenience to a minimum. As part of this effort we are working closely with Stockton Borough Council."

Construction traffic will need access to the area where improvement work is being carried out and to Northumbrian Water’s site compounds, which will be located in the grounds of Thornaby Football Club and at the main construction site adjacent to Acklam Road.

For further information and advice contact Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100.

For further information, contact Cara Charlton on 0191 301 6720.

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