Northumbrian Water has announced that it will be investing around £180 million on essential improvements in the water and wastewater networks during 2018 as part of the Group’s £1.1 billion ongoing planned programme of works for the five years to 2020.
The announcement comes as the company sets out its customer charges for the year ahead. Water bills in the North East are said to remain among the lowest in the country, with an increase, compared to last year, of around 21p a week. On average, Northumbrian Water customers pay around £1.10p per day for all their drinking water and sewerage services.
The company says this small increase will go towards the company continuing its multi-million pound improvement programme to maintain and improve drinking water quality, maintain a robust wastewater network, protect the environment and to deliver unrivalled customer service to its 2.7 million customers in the North East.
Heidi Mottram, Northumbrian Water’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Investing in the future of water for the region is our priority and we will continue to invest in schemes to provide clean, clear tap water that tastes good and to protect the environment and peoples’ homes from flooding.”
Within the extensive improvement programme for 2015-2020, work to protect homes from flooding from the water company’s 32,000km sewer network continues to be among top priorities, together with improvements to drinking water quality delivered through its 16,000km of water pipes.
Two large-scale projects that are currently ongoing are an upgrade to the Horsley water treatment works near Hexham and improvements to the Durham city sewer networks.
The £46 million upgrade to the Horsley works will expand and protect the treatment of water supply to the whole of the Tyneside area for years to come. Work is due for completion in December 2018.
In the city of Durham, a three-pronged approach to improving the performance of the sewer network is about to begin. Alongside Durham County Council, Northumbrian Water will be working in Flass Vale, Elvet Riverside and Walkergate, upgrading and increasing the sewer network capacity to help reduce the flood risk to the area and protect the environment.