A green scheme will help to reduce the risk of flooding in Winlaton, Gateshead.
From Monday August 11 2014, Northumbrian Water will begin work on a sustainable, grassed storm water storage basin to help protect four homes in Parkgate Lane from flooding.
The storage basin, which will hold up to 332,000 litres of excess surface water during times of heavy rainfall, will be located in the grassed area at the junction of Park Lane and Parkgate Lane.
It is the second part of a £400,000 flood protection scheme in Winlaton and is expected to take up to one month to complete.
The storage basin, which costs £150,000, is one of seven sustainable water storage basins that are being created across the region as part of Northumbrian Water’s commitment to help protect areas that are prone to flooding.
Dave Groark, Northumbrian Water’s Project Manager, said: “Helping to reduce the risk of flooding to our customers’ properties is one of our top priorities as we appreciate the distress and inconvenience that flooding can cause.
“Preventing surface water from entering our sewer network is a sustainable solution to reducing the risk of flooding and will help us to prepare for the future as weather patterns change and flash flooding increases.
“Our experienced contractors, Seymour Civil Engineering Ltd. will carry out this work on our behalf and residents should be assured that all will be done to keep disruption to a minimum.”
The first part of the scheme, which took place between January and April 2014 and cost £250,000, involved the installation of 330m of new sewer pipe along Gibside View, Parkland Avenue and Parkgate Lane.
Construction traffic will need to access the water company’s site compound which will be located on land next to Parkgate Lane.
For further information, contact Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or via twitter @nwater_care.
For more information contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713