Butterknowle sewer upgrade


Work to reduce the risk of flooding is to start next week in a County Durham village.

Northumbrian Water has announced a one-month scheme to improve the sewerage network in Butterknowle, with work to begin on Monday September 30 2013.

The £180,000 project will involve installing 100 metres of new sewer pipe along Copley Lane and renewing a further 30 metres of sewer pipe in farmland adjacent to Copley Lane.

Ian Cunliffe, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We appreciate that flooding is distressing for customers and reducing the risk is one of our top priorities.

We will do everything we can to complete the job as quickly as possible and we hope customers will bear with us while we carry out this essential upgrade.”

Temporary two-way traffic lights will be in place for the duration of the work and will gradually move along Copley Lane as the work progresses.

Construction traffic will need access to the roads where the work is being carried out, and the site cabin, located in farmland adjacent to Copley Lane.

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

Everything will be done, through careful planning with Durham County Council, to keep any disruption to a minimum. Customers who require further advice or require assistance should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.

It is very unlikely that anyone from the water company will need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out. Customers should be vigilant of bogus callers claiming to be from the “water board” and if in doubt, should not let anyone into their home.

For more information contact Leanne Stronach on 0191 301 6733.

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