Northumbrian Water’s £66 million mains cleaning programme is continuing to move through Newcastle city centre in January. This programme is protecting tap water quality for the future for over one million customers.
The next phase of the essential cleaning work, which is being carried out by Seymour Civil Engineering, will begin on Wednesday January 14 and is expected to take up to four weeks to complete.
It will be necessary to have lane closures in place on Clayton Street West and Collingwood Street for the duration of the work. The carriageway on the Mosley Street exit at Swan House roundabout will also be slightly affected.
Richard Johnston, Northumbrian Water’s project manager said: “We appreciate that this is a highly traffic-sensitive area of the city centre and we 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 will do everything that we can to complete the work as quickly as possible and to minimise any disruption.
“We’re working very closely with Newcastle City Council to make sure that the traffic management in place causes the least possible disruption however we do expect there to be some delay at busy times for which we apologise.”
Since February 2012, Northumbrian Water has cleaned 137 kilometres of large diameter water mains in the lower Tyne Valley, Newcastle and Gateshead. More recently, essential work has been carried out around Newcastle Civic Centre and under some of the main routes into the city such as West Road, Sandyford Road and Great North Road. During 2015, the cleaning programme will continue on West Road, Scotswood Road and move towards the eastern end of Newcastle with works planned in Byker, Walker and Wallsend.
Pressure jetting technology will be used to clean the water pipe which runs from Collingwood Street to the Swan House roundabout. This method of cleaning 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.
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 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.