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£800,000 water mains upgrade for North Shields

11,000 properties in North Shields are set to benefit from an £800,000 upgrade to their water mains. The first phase of work will start in the Billy Mill, New York and West Monkseaton areas of North Shields is to start on January 6.

Northumbrian Water will install new water mains in the Billy Mill Lane area which will allow the Moorhouses pumping station to be abandoned.

The initial work is expected to take about six weeks and will require temporary traffic lights on Billy Mill Lane and Selkirk Way from January 6 to January 20.

“We are committed to providing safe, clean drinking water for all our customers. The Moorhouses pumping station has come to the end of its working life, and although we appreciate there may be some inconvenience to customers in the short term, this work is essential to maintain and improve the future water supply for thousands of people in the North Shields area. “We are working closely with North Tyneside Council to reduce the impact of the work and will do our best to minimise any inconvenience to our customers.”

– Franc Kurowski, Northumbrian Water

Nobody from Northumbrian Water or its contractors will need access to homes in the area while the work is being carried out.

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Half of beaches fail water quality tests

by Rachel Sweeney

There has been a significant drop in the water quality of the region's beaches. The Marine Conservation Society has published the annual Good Beach Guide.

After success last year, less than half of beaches passed water quality tests. Northumbrian water blames the wettest summer on record, while surfers blame the sewerage.

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Hundreds of homes in Durham without water

Northumbrian Water Statement: We are aware that customers in the DH1 & DH7 areas may have experienced an interruption to their water supply. This was a technical issue which resulted in the loss of supply for a short time. We are currently charging up the network and hope to restore supplies soon.

If you have water but it is at a reduced pressure, please be advised that the water can take some time to return to normal pressure. If your supply is discoloured when it returns, please run your first draw cold tap (normally in the kitchen) for 40-50 minutes to clear the supply.

For more information visit the Northumbrian Water website.

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