Essential work is to begin next week on Scotswood Road in Newcastle.
This is part of Northumbrian Water’s £66 million ‘The Main Event’ programme and will involve cleaning 1.5 kilometres of large diameter water pipe. Pressure jetting technology will be used to clean the 30-inch water pipe which runs from Scotswood Bridge heading east to the Whitehouse Road junction.
The work, which is being carried out by Seymour Civil Engineering, will begin on Monday April 14 and is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.
It will be necessary to reduce sections of Scotswood Road down to a single carriageway between Scotswood Bridge and the Whitehouse Road junction.
Pressure jetting technology involves using a self-propelling ‘pig’ which uses water jets to propel it along and clean sections of pipe at the same time. This technology allows longer sections of pipe to be cleaned with a minimal number of access pits.
Richard Johnston, Northumbrian Water’s project manager said: “We appreciate that Scotswood Road can be busy and want to make sure that road users are given the opportunity to plan their journey to avoid delay and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience.
“We’re working with pipes that have been in service for over 100 years so The Main Event cleaning programme is essential in making sure that we can continue to deliver top quality tap water to 500,000 of our customers in the future.
“We’re doing everything that we can to carry out the work as quickly as possible and to minimise any delay.”
Customers who require further information or require assistance during this work should call Northumbrian Water’s customer centre on 0345 717 1100, visit www.themainevent-nwl.co.uk or follow @nwater_care and @NorthumbrianH2O on twitter.
Northumbrian Water and Seymour Civil Engineering will not need to gain access into customers’ homes while this work is carried out and residents should be vigilant of bogus callers posing as officials from the water company and their contractor.
For further information contact Stef Johnson on 0191 301 5325.