Work starts on £11M water treatment works for Berwick
Northumbrian Water has started work on an £11M water treatment works in a north Northumberland town.
The first underground pipes have been laid as the construction of Northumbrian Water's new water treatment works at Murton, Berwick-upon-Tweed gets underway.
It's part of a £21M total investment to improve tap water quality for more than 25,000 people, with construction starting on another new £10 million treatment works in Wooler during the summer.
An extension of the existing water treatment works, the new site will include a brand new building, and new treatment and disinfection tanks. It will use cutting-edge technology and energy-efficient processes to treat up to 8 million litres of water every day.
Work is being carried out on the site by Northumbrian Water's supply partners Mott Macdonald Bentley, with the new site set to become fully operational by the end of the year.
Northumbrian Water's Project Manager, Chris Austin, said: "The start of this work is significant as it demonstrates our commitment to providing an excellent supply of tap water quality for many years to come.
"The work will take place next to the existing site so disruption will be kept to a minimum, although there may be an increase in the volume of traffic to the site. Customers' water supply won't be affected while the work is carried out."
Northumberland County Councillors representing the Berwick-upon-Tweed area - Gregah Roughead, Georgina Hill and Catherine Seymour - were invited to visit the site as work began.
Councillor Gregah Roughead, Northumberland County Councillor for Berwick West with Ord said: "I very much welcome the £11 million pound investment by Northumbrian Water into building a new water treatment facility at Murton and it is great to see that work has already commenced.
"It was great to meet with the project team on site and hear in detail about their plans, and how this project will make the treatment of water in the area more efficient.
"I was really pleased to see first-hand the commitment the team have to this project and to hear that this investment provides the best water infrastructure for the future of our communities in the Berwick and northernmost Northumberland area."
- Severn Trent identifies areas for improvement Severn Trent has highlighted three areas ─ sewer blockages, water quality at treatment works and supply... Read More >
- South West Water accelerates key AMP6 projects South West Water (SWW), which serves Devon and Cornwall as well as parts of Dorset and Somerset, has been able to... Read More >
- Sewer mapping partnership to aid Northumbrian response times An innovative partnership between Northumbrian Water and data management specialists 1Spatial has helped the utility... Read More >
- New dimensions: How BIM drove Scottish Water's Tullich WTW project With ESD making extensive use of BIM including 4D visualisation tools, Scottish Water has successfully completed a £29... Read More >
- Microplastics: Plastics, plastics everywhere There is growing evidence that microplastics passed on through our wastewater have become widespread in aquatic... Read More >
- Preparing for better phosphorus removal in AMP7 In order to meet the more stringent phosphorus removal requirements expected in 2020- 25, wastewater utilities will need to... Read More >
- Offsite build powers South East Water's £22M treatment works expansion South East Water's expansion of Bray Keleher Water Treatment Works is in full swing, with offsite manufacture aiding... Read More >
- Innovation Zone: Pesticide protection Metaldehyde cannot be removed effectively with standard drinking water treatment processes, but there are technologies... Read More >