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New lease of life for water facilities as work set to start.

Byline: Hannah Graham Reporter @HannahGraham21

APS46 MILLION project to transform a 1970s water treatment plant in Northumberland is set to begin this month. Northumbrian Water has announced the latest stage of their multi-million pound scheme to extend the life of a site which serves 800,000 customers on Tyneside.

After treating up to 150 million litres of water a day for more around 40 years, the Horsley water treatment works is reaching the end of its current lifespan and needs an upgrade to keep it running in the future.

New treatment facilities will now be built alongside the Horsley works. The existing plant will continue to run until the new water works are complete and Northumbrian Water say that the renovation will have no impact on the current water supply.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Water for the plant is drawn from the River Tyne at Ovingham and the Whittle Dene complex of reservoirs. The treated water supply from Horsley serves the nearby village of Horsley and, together with additional water from the treatment works at Whittle Dene, supplies the drinking water for Tyneside.

The upgrade is set to take around 30 months to complete, meaning that, on current plans, the new plant would be operational in late 2018 or early 2019.

In an effort to reduce the disruption caused by the project, a spokesperson for Northumbrian Water said they would be working with contractors and supply partners to ensure that, where possible, site traffic uses Styford roundabout on the A69, which will be signposted, rather than travelling through Horsley village.

Noel Cooper, Northumbrian Water's Head of Water Supply, said: "We are committed to providing our customers with unrivalled customer experience.

"This work will not only ensure that the Horsley water treatment works continues to meet ever increasing water quality standards, it will also improve the site's resilience. I would like to assure the local community that we will do our best to keep disruption to a minimum and we thank them for their patience while this essential work is carried out."

The work is being carried out by Doosan Interserve a joint venture involving Interserve, the FTSE-listed construction and support services company, and Birmingham-based process engineering company Doosan Enpure.

Sean Brown, Doosan-Interserve's project manager for the scheme, said: "Both Interserve and Doosan Enpure have an established track record of delivering major utilities projects and we're excited to be working together for Northumbrian Water. Where possible, we will use local resources, while supporting the economy and employment in the region."


Horsley water treatment works as it looks now

The plant as it will look after the PS46 million upgrade

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 4, 2016
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