Water Rangers

Getting involved

Getting involved

Northumbrian Water provides water and sewerage services to 2.7 million people through 16,965km of water mains and 29,724km of sewers. As you can imagine that’s a large network of pipes that we need to monitor and maintain.

Volunteer Areas

With a large geographical operating area of 9,422km2 it is difficult for us to visit all of our resources at once. To help us with this we are looking for volunteers who are willing and able to walk a small route (about 20-30 minutes) in the following areas:

Ashington and Bedlington Durham City Centre Morpeth Town Skelton
Corbridge and Stocksfield Jarrow and Hebburn Peterlee Stanley

Getting Involved

As a volunteer Water Ranger we would ask you to:

- sign up to the scheme for a year
- attend a three hour training session
- patrol designated rights of way, footpaths and bridle path routes located in the above areas on a weekly or fortnightly basis looking for potential signs of pollution
- call us once a week, or fortnight, depending on how often you go out, with a quick report of what you have found
- work as a team with other Water Rangers in your area on a route rota

Your safety is important to us and although we will give training, we would expect you to stay on route, be sensible when walking and observe only.

In return

We will offer you:

- excellent training on environmental issues and what to look for when you’re out walking to enable you to become a successful Water Ranger
- reduced sewerage bills
- on the spot rewards for Water Rangers that have gone ‘above and beyond’
- latest news in your exclusive Water Rangers newsletters
Finally, you will be invited along to an end of year celebration meal to thank you for your hard work and commitment to the Water Rangers scheme.

Are you in?

Water Ranger values:

Ethical – care about their environment and ecosystems
Results Driven –committed and driven to keep reports coming in
Customer Focused – who believe that the environment is our customer and should be given first class service
One Team – are flexible working with us to agree upon route patterns with other volunteers in your area
Creative - give feedback of your experiences at regular intervals to allow the scheme to flourish and to share with others what you are enjoying about being a volunteer.

Downloadable content

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    Water Rangers - Frequently Asked Questions

    General questions.


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    Water Rangers Volunteer Policy

    Volunteering with the Water Rangers Scheme.


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    Risk Assessment

    Risk Assessment form.


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    Health & Safety

    Water Rangers - Health & Safety Guidance.


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