A North East water company will showcase its green credentials with an innovative solution to reduce the risk of flooding in Gateshead.
From Monday October 6, Northumbrian Water will start work on a sustainable urban drainage solution to help protect homes in Shelley Drive.
The 24-week programme of work will involve building two speed bumps along Sunderland Road to reduce storm water flowing into the estate during times of heavy rainfall.
The ‘surface water attenuation humps’ are the first of their kind undertaken by the water company and will work by diverting water into the road gulley’s.
They are part of a £600,000 scheme, which will also involve the installation of a new 700m sewer pipe along Sunderland Road and into Shelley Drive, and the creation of two, sustainable water storage basins.
The grassed storage basins, which will hold a total of 1.2 million litres of excess surface water in heavy rainfall, will be located in land behind Shelley Drive.
Residents in the area have been invited to attend a customer information session on Thursday September 25 at Sunderland Road Library, Gateshead, NE8 3PA between 4.30pm and 8.00pm.
Experts from Northumbrian Water and their contractor and consultant will be on hand to answer any queries or concerns.
Ashley Ferguson, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding in an efficient and sustainable way, to ensure we are prepared for the future, is one of our top priorities.
“A first for Northumbrian Water, installing these speed bumps demonstrates a creative and innovative approach to preventing surface water run-off, which is a crucial element in our efforts to tackling flooding.
“I would like to encourage residents to come along to our customer information session to find out, in more detail, how this work will impact on them. Residents and commuters should be assured that we are working closely with Gateshead Council to do all we can to keep disruption and inconvenience to a minimum."
Lumsden & Carroll will carry out the scheme on behalf of the water company, which will reduce the likelihood of flooding to 18 homes in Shelley Drive.
A rolling lane closure will be in place along the length of Shelley Drive to the junction with Sunderland Road while the new sewer pipe is installed.
There will also be a lane closure in place on Sunderland Road from the cemetery entrance to the junction with Wordsworth Street.
Finally, a temporary lane closure will be in place at the junction with Wordsworth Street and then a rolling lane closure will be in place on Bede Court.
Construction traffic will need to access to all working areas and to the water company’s site compound which will be located on land to the east of the Go-Ahead Depot, next to Lindisfarne Drive.
For further information, contact Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or via twitter @nwater_care
For further information contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.