Posted: Tuesday 26th May 2015

A wastewater treatment plant in County Durham is set to benefit from a £2 million pound upgrade.

Refurbishment of Northumbrian Water’s Crookhall wastewater treatment works, Consett, will begin on Monday May 18 2015 and is expected to be complete by Monday January 18 2016.

As well as increasing treatment capacity, various treatment processes at the site will be improved to make sure the water company continues to discharge high quality treated wastewater to the Stockerley Burn.

The site, which currently serves around 2,000 properties in Leadgate and Crookhall, treats more than 2.5 million litres of wastewater per day.

Nigel Watts, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: "Crookhall sewage treatment works has been treating wastewater for more than 50 years. We’re going to install new equipment and build an extra filter to ensure the site is fit for future generations.

“During the project, there may be occasions when construction traffic will need access to the site and we are working closely with construction company, Amey, to keep any disruption to a minimum.

"Customers can help us to look after the treatment works by only flushing toilet paper, pee and poo down the loo and by putting grease and fat in the bin, rather than down sinks. We spend around £400,000 every year sending items such as nappies, sanitary products and cleaning and baby wipes to landfill. All of these should be put in the bin and not flushed down the toilet."

Northumbrian Water treats up to 475 million litres of wastewater every day. Some £180 million is to be invested by the utility, between 2015 and 2020, to upgrade and maintain its 412 sewage treatment works.

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