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The latest phase of flood protection work by Northumbrian Water has began in a town street in Durham. The work will reduce the risk of flooding to 120 businesses and homes in Chester-le-Street. It will begin in July with a £2.7 million sewer network upgrade in order to reduce the risk to 22 properties within the town centre on Monday, July 14.
The contractor chosen for the job, Seymour Civil Engineering will install an estimated 1,200 metres of brand new pipes. The work will also include construction of an underground chamber based in High Chare to install 203 metres of sewer between that area and Roman Avenue, using a new form of trenchless technology. An underground chamber beneath Park View School playing fields will also be used to install 75 metres of sewer which will be connected to a new chamber in a park. Workers will also install 300 metres of new pipe.
Northumbrian Water project manager Brian Ford said:
“Although we appreciate that there will be disruption while the work is underway, the company hopes that customers will appreciate the benefits and protection that the scheme will bring.”
He added that Northumbrian Water will do all that they can to minimise any inconvenience that may be caused. The company is working closely with Durham County Council in order to reduce the impact of the work. However, he pointed out that work on this scale requires road closures, traffic lights and diversions. Contractors will inform residents in the area before the work begins.
The scheme is the latest in a line planned by the water company to help protect homes in the area. The work first began back in 2009 but will be finished following this network upgrade. Reducing the risk of flooding to customers homes and businesses is one of the top priorities that Northumbrian Water has.
Officials will explain the scheme to residents on Monday, July 7th at St.Mary and St.Cuthbert Church, Church Chare between 5pm and 7pm if any residents are wishing to ask questions about how the work will impact them or the eventual outcome of the sewer network upgrade. For more information if you are unable to get to the meeting, you can visit their website or call the Northumbrian Water customer helpline number which can be found on this site.