Northumbrian Water tackles flooding with £6M scheme
A £6M scheme to tackle flooding on Tyneside will begin this month, reducing the amount of surface water that enters the sewer network.
The scheme will divert water from Killingworth Lake and Longbenton Letch into a new underground surface water pipe at times of heavy rainfall and store it in newly created wetland areas at Forest Hall Letch.
Work will take around nine months to complete for the new pipe and a new water storage basin will be constructed in Longbenton Community College playing field.
Northumbrian Water’s project manager Lynn Preston, said: “The first phase of work will involve constructing the new surface water pipe to link Longbenton Letch to Forest Hall Letch.
“This is one of many schemes that demonstrates that partnership working is vital to tackle flooding in a holistic and cost effective way. Sustainable schemes like this one also have the added benefits for local communities and the environment.”
The scheme comes from a partnership between Northumbrian Water, North Tyneside Council and the Environment Agency.
Environment Agency flood risk advisor in the North East Richard Robinson said: “This is a great example of how organisations can work together to develop sustainable solutions to reduce flood risk.
“By using natural features we aim to enhance the environment and offer amenity features while also reducing pressure on the drainage systems and reducing the risk of flooding to many properties.”
This story first appeared in Utility Week.
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