Work starts on water quality upgrades for Northumberland and Tyneside

Work is starting on a £4m project that will enhance the resilience and quality of water supplies to parts of Northumberland and Tyneside.

Northumbrian Water is investing in the work at Whittle Dene Water Treatment Works (WTW), north east of Hexham, which supports the supply of water to 400,000 of its customers across South Northumberland and Newcastle.

Work on the installation of two new tanks on the site’s backwash facility, which is used as part of the treatment process, is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024.

The project will enhance the resilience of the site and its ability to produce clean and clear  drinking water for customers.

The work is part of a wider £5.25m investment at the site, with a further £1.25m upgrade to other elements of the treatment processes having started in November 2022, due to be finished by October 2023.

Mike Foster, Project Manager at Northumbrian Water, said:

“Being able to deliver the best quality drinking water possible for our customers is vital, and this investment at Whittle Dene will ensure we continue to be able to do this for the 400,000 customers whose supplies are supported by Whittle Dene Water Treatment Works.

“All of the work is being carried out within our site, so customers and their supplies will not be impacted while the work is taking place.”

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