Multi-million pound treatment


A £9 million scheme to upgrade a Northumberland sewage treatment works is now complete.

Northumbrian Water began the work at Morpeth sewage treatment works in April 2013.

As well as increasing treatment capacity, various treatment processes at the site have also been improved resulting in a higher quality of treated waste water being discharged into the River Wansbeck.

Time lapse video of the multi-million pound scheme

The site, which serves around eight thousand properties in Morpeth, can now treat more than five million litres of waste water per day, almost one million litres per day more than before the work began.

Dean Thompson, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: "Morpeth sewage treatment works has been treating wastewater for more than a century now. To ensure the site is fit for future generations, we have constructed a new inlet works, three new wastewater treatment tanks, which range from 15 to 17 metres in diameter, and installed three new 34-metre diameter filters. A significant amount of electrical and mechanical work was also carried out.

"Customers can help us to look after Morpeth sewage treatment works by only flushing toilet paper, pee and poo down the loo and by putting grease and fat in the bin, rather than down sinks. We spend around £400,000 every year sending items such as nappies, sanitary products and cleaning and baby wipes to landfill. All of these should be put in the bin and not flushed down the toilet."

Northumbrian Water treats up to 475 million litres of waste water every day. More than £150 million is to be invested by the utility, between 2015 and 2020, to upgrade and maintain its 412 sewage treatment works.

For further information please contact Cara Charlton on 0191 301 6720.

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