Reducing flood risk in east Durham


Northumbrian Water is investing more than £1m in reducing the flood risk in a County Durham town.

A new section of sewer pipe will be installed to the rear of Woods Terrace, Murton, along with a new storage tank. The sewer upgrades will increase the capacity of the network, decreasing the likelihood of floods.

Work will be carried out by Northumbrian Water’s delivery partner, ESH-MWH, starting on Monday, February 6. It is expected that the project will be completed by the end of July.

The water company is also exploring other future opportunities to reduce the flood risk in other parts of the town.

Graham Watson, Northumbrian Water’s Project Manager, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding in communities is one of our biggest priorities at Northumbrian Water, because we know the devastation it can cause to people’s lives.

“This project at the rear of Woods Terrace will help to increase the capacity of our sewer network, making it less likely that people in the area will be affected by flooding in the future.

“We are working with our partner, ESH-MWH, and with Durham County Council to make sure any disruption is kept to a minimum during the course of the work and our community portal will be regularly updated for customers to keep track of the project.”

The Murton page of the community portal, at, is now live and will be kept up to date throughout the project.

Customers can also keep in touch on 0345 7171100, or visit to request a call back from the project team.

For further media information, contact Paul White on 0191 3015325.

Northumbrian Water Limited supplies 2.7 million customer in the North East with both water and sewerage services, trading as Northumbrian Water, and 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services, trading as Essex & Suffolk Water.

In the most recent survey by the Consumer Council for Water, Northumbrian Water was named the UK’s most trusted water company by its customers. 2016 also saw Northumbrian Water named the world’s most ethical water company for the sixth successive year.

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