Northumbrian Water spends £3M on STW upgrades
Northumbrian Water has announced a £3M investment programme to modernise New Moors sewage treatment works (STW) and Esh Winning STW. The upgrades will improve the quality of the water discharged to the environment, as well as enable growth within the local areas.
Work at the Esh Winning site began last month and is expected to be finished by early April, while the upgrade at the New Moors site will begin early September and take up to seven months to complete.
New Moors STW currently treats more than 110,000l of wastewater a day and serves a population of more than 820 in South Evenwood, Evengwood Gate and surrounding areas. After the scheme is complete the works will be capable of treating more than 260,000l of wastewater daily, and will serve a population of more than 920.
Esh Winning STW, which is a much larger site, currently treats more than 1.3Ml of wastewater a day and serves a population of more than 4,600 in the village of Esh Winning, Cornsay Colliery, Water Houses, Quebec and the surrounding areas.
The refurbishment work means the works will be capable of treating more than 1.4Ml of wastewater daily and serve a population of more than 4,720.
The water quality of Hummer Beck, Evenwood Gate, and Priest Burn, Esh Winning, will also be improved as a result of this work.
Mike Foster, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the two schemes, said: “Both treatment works will remain fully operational while we upgrade each site and there won’t be any impact on the wastewater service we provide to customers as a result of this work.
“Each of the schemes is costing £1.5M and will involve renewing various assets, including screens, filters, tanks and pumping stations, which will improve the performance, efficiency and capability of the sites.”
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