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Northumbrian Water starts building new treatment works

Northumbrian Water has started construction of a new water treatment works this month, to help improve tap water quality for more than 5,000 people in Northumberland.

The water firm is investing £10m on a new facility in Wooler to treat up to 3.6 million litres of water every day, and to help safeguard future water supplies in the area.

The facility, which will be constructed at a new site near the town of Wooler, will replace the existing water treatment works at Fowberry, which was originally built in the 1960s.

The works will be fitted out with new and cutting-edge technology to allow for more energy efficient processes to treat and clean water.

It is part of a £25m investment in water quality for communities in the area, with another water treatment works being built at Murton, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The utility company also completed work on a new £3.7m sewage treatment works in Wooler earlier this year. 

Project manager for the water treatment works Chris Austin said: “We’re committed to providing a reliable supply of great quality tap water for our customers.  As populations grow, this new site will help us to do exactly that, both now and long into the future.

“It will also be equipped with modern technology which will allow us to treat the water in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way possible and help us reach our target of being net-zero for carbon by 2027.

“While work is ongoing, customers in the immediate vicinity may notice an increase in volume of traffic to the site, but water supplies to the town won’t be affected.”

Northumbrian’s supply partners, Mott Macdonald Bentley, will carry out the work on behalf of the company, which is expected to be complete by summer 2021.

Topic: Drinking water quality
Tags: water treatment , Water Quality

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