A £3 million upgrade of a wastewater treatment works will benefit the environment and enable future developments across County Durham.
Northumbrian Water is to modernise Tudhoe Mill Wastewater Treatment Works, which is located outside of Tudhoe Village.
The work, which will begin on Monday October 12, 2015 and is expected to last until Thursday June 30, 2016, will improve the quality of the water discharged into the River Wear at the end of the wastewater treatment process.
During the project, machinery used to treat the wastewater will be replaced and upgraded and new, innovative treatment systems will be installed. Interserve Construction Limited will carry out the work.
Tudhoe Mill Wastewater Treatment Works serves up to 25,000 people from Tudhoe, Mount Pleasant, Spennymoor, North Close, Sunderland Bridge, West Cornforth, Ferryhill and surrounding areas.
It currently treats more than 6 million litres of wastewater per day and on completion of the refurbishment, the works will be capable of treating more than 7 million litres of wastewater per day.
Dean Thompson, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “Protecting and enhancing the environment is at the heart of our business and the project at Tudhoe Mill will help us to sustain this.
“By refurbishing various processes and assets, we can improve the performance, efficiency and capability of the site, ensuring it is fit for future generations with extra capacity to support possible future development.
“Customers can also help us to look after the 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 that have been wrongly flushed to landfill.”
The majority of the work will be confined to the site, although there may be an increase in construction traffic.
Northumbrian Water treats up to 475 million litres of waste water every day. More than £150 million is to be invested by the utility company, between 2015 and 2020, to upgrade and maintain its 412 wastewater treatment works.
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.