The first phase of a scheme to improve the water supply for 11,000 properties in the Billy Mill, New York and West Monkseaton areas of North Shields is to start on Monday, January 6.
Northumbrian Water is investing £800,000 to install new water mains in the Billy Mill Lane area which will allow the Moorhouses pumping station to be abandoned later this year.
The initial work, which involves installing new valves on the existing mains, is expected to take about six weeks and will require temporary traffic lights on Billy Mill Lane and Selkirk Way from January 6 to January 20.
Franc Kurowski, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We are committed to providing safe, clean drinking water for all our customers. The Moorhouses pumping station has come to the end of its working life, and although we appreciate there may be some inconvenience to customers in the short term, this work is essential to maintain and improve the future water supply for thousands of people in the North Shields area.
“We are working closely with North Tyneside Council to reduce the impact of the work and will do our best to minimise any inconvenience to our customers.”
Nobody from Northumbrian Water or its contractors will need access to homes in the area while the work is being carried out.
Anyone who requires further advice or has any special requirements should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.
For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6720.