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By Anya Lowes

We appreciate your patience and support as we continue with the Springwell Enhancements Project. Here’s our latest update, including some adjustments to our schedule: Reservoir Site Developments The concrete pour at the Reservoir Site on the 9th of April went ahead as planned. Power floating extended into the afternoon of the 10th. Our next pour should be around 6 to 7 weeks from now. We will provide advance notice as the date approaches. Mount Lane Effective from last Monday, two-way traffic management was implemented on Mount Lane. Starting the 29th of April, there will be a full road closure to facilitate pipeline crossing.  Pipe Delivery Delays There has been a slight delay with our pipe deliveries initially scheduled for the 15th of April. Deliveries will now commence on the 24th of April. These deliveries will be taken to our A195 compound and Springwell road section. We are doing everything we can to minimise the impact on the community and appreciate your understanding.   Thank you once again for your cooperation and understanding. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or feedback, and stay tuned for further updates. Warm regards, Anya

By Dave Eden

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Time for another Hexham STW Refurb update: The over pumping is now in place to recirculate the flows coming through the new filters into the old filters so that the wastewater is fully treated whilst the new filters are seeded. This process could take 4-5 months but given the warming weather we hope the bug will establish themselves much sooner. The structural repairs to the Detritor are complete and we are looking to reinstall the refurbished grit rake 1st May and commission the entire kit soon after. Masonry repairs to the distribution chamber have been completed. Helical bars were grouted into the mortar between the bricks to tie the whole structure together and reinforce areas of cracking then the whole structure was repointed. Looking forward we’ll turn our attention back to the inlet works area, installing further ductwork and slabs for the MCC, compactor and wash water booster. We will also core into the existing balancing tank for future connection to the new inlet works. Thanks for taking the time to read and have a look at the attached photos for further information. Dave Eden PM

By Rachel Rutter

Good afternoon, I hope everyone has had a lovely week!  Spacial Geomatics have been in the area this week working within Northumbrian Water assets. Their work will continue into next week while they complete manhole surveys. The work will cause minimum disruption and no traffic managment will be in place.  The crews will manage the works using cones and priority signs, to enable the local traffic to continue flowing. If you follow this link, it will show the areas and dates we will be working - Traffic Information . We are happy to discuss any aspect of this works, please contact us at nwl.customer@esh.uk.com or click 'Contact Project Team' on this page. Thank you  Rachel

By Rachel Rutter

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Good afternoon, Hope everyone has had a lovely week! The team this week have constructed the new flow meter chamber at Plawsworth Sewerage Treatment Works (STW) and wet well chamber within Pity me STW. The air valve and washout chambers are nearing completion from Plawsworth STW to Rotary Way. The gravity sewer pipework is now installed to the west side of the main railway line with reinstatements to the fields being completed once weather conditions improve. Please contact us direct if you have any questions at nwl.customer@esh.uk.com. Rachel

By Dave Eden

Hi everyone,   Time for another update for Hexham STW Refurbishment: The work to refurbish the existing Detritor and Grit Rake has hit a snag when we have found some structural significant cracking in the ground structure around a mounting point which will take considerable force. We’ll be removing the grit rake again to carry out some concrete repairs in the near future. We are continuing to install new Ts on the pipework around the distribution chamber to allow the filters to be operated without using the distribution chamber if and when necessary. Three of the four are mostly complete. We have pushed the seeding/over-pumping back a week to allow for the T’s to be completed and some tweaks to the set up of the pumps now that they have to share room with the T’s. The new inlet screens slab has been blinded out ready for the Formwork, Reinforcement and Concrete (FRC) sub-contractor who started preparing shuttering today.   As mentioned previously, the continuing traffic management outside the site is not part of our works and is controlled by another contractor - emergency numbers should be displayed on the traffic management signage.   I’ve attached a few photos to illustrate progress on site. Thanks for taking the time to read the update.   Dave Eden, Project Manager

By Rachel Rutter

Good afternoon, I hope everyone is doing well.  You may see Spacial Geomatics in the area this week working within Northumbrian Water assets. The work will cause minimum disruption and no traffic managment will be in place.  The crews will manage the works using cones and priority signs, to enable the local traffic to continue flowing. If you follow this link, it will show the areas and dates we will be working - Traffic Information . We are happy to discuss any aspect of this works, please contact us at nwl.customer@esh.uk.com or click 'Contact Project Team' on this page. Thank you  Rachel

By Rachel Rutter

Good afternoon, Hope everyone has had a lovey weekend! I would just like to take this opportunity to introduce a new member to the team, Alice will be working alongside Christine and I making sure customers are kept informed and to answer any queries. You may see Alice and I in the area seeing how the work progresses. Please don’t be shy if you see us, we are always happy to chat. The team have now finished the concrete tank and have started the new drainage works for the inlet and outlet pipes and expect these to be finished by the end of this week.  Please contact us direct if you have any questions at nwl.customer@esh.uk.com. Rachel & Alice.

By Anya Lowes

Good morning, I just wanted to give a quick update on the site teams progress over at Chilton Lane STW. The final infill for the Chemical dosing has now been completed. Our paving areas on site are now 100% complete. Although the weather has been quite challenging, when there has been opportunity all planned tasks have been fulfilled. Formwork for the Mecana (MCC) has been completed this week and the concrete has been poured ready for the kiosk installation. In the next month the team will be installing the MCC/kiosk and enabling works will begin for the pumping station construction. I have included some photos of the progress. As always feel free to leave a comment should you have any questions, and a member of the team will get back to you. Thanks Anya

By Karen Alexander

  Good morning Last week, Farrans and our contractor, Joseph Gallagher Ltd, started tunnelling operations at Project Pipeline. A 220m tunnel will be constructed beneath the River Tees, near Barnard Castle, to enable the new £155m water pipeline to be installed, while protecting the watercourse and the wildlife that relies upon it.   Northumbrian Water’s Project Pipeline: County Durham and Tees Valley will see the construction of around 57km of new pipes connecting Lartington Water Treatment Works with around 200,000 customers across the south of the North East. A specialist tunnel boring machine has arrived on site to begin its journey between two specially constructed shafts. This will create a pathway beneath the river, through which the new pipes will be installed. Phase 1 of the project will connect Lartington, in Upper Teesdale, with Whorley Hill and Shildon, County Durham, and will be followed by a second phase extending the pipeline from Whorley Hill to Long Newton, connecting to the existing network that serves large parts of Teesside. In recent months, Farrans and subcontractors Joseph Gallagher, have been building  the two shafts, one on either side of the river. Dave Mellor, Contracts Director for Farrans, said: “ This is an exciting time for the project team as we begin this highly-technical operation under the river. The western shaft is 8.0 metres in diameter and 32 metres deep, while the eastern shaft is 7.5 metres in diameter and 46 metres deep, the difference being due to the rising topography on the east bank. “A 221-tonne concrete base has been constructed in each shaft – a volume equivalent to 15 wagons of concrete. The 220m journey beneath the Tees will take up to six weeks to complete, going from east to west, before a large crane will lift the machine back out of the eastern shaft.” James Dawes, Northumbrian Water’s Project Manager said: “This project has been years in the planning, and ensuring that key strategic crossings, such as the River Tees, are done in the best way possible for the local environment and communities, has been vital. “While it would have been possible to cross the Tees using a pipe-bridge, we had to consider such factors as how this would impact the stunning Teesdale landscape that will be here long after our team have completed the project and moved on. “The use of no dig techniques (tunnelling or directional drilling) is becoming increasingly common in our projects, to reduce the impact on our region’s road and rail networks by reducing the need to dig long trenches. However, this is the first time we have employed it to cross a river and the teams at Farrans and Joseph Gallagher Limited have done a great job in creating these massive shafts to make this possible. Project Pipeline: County Durham and Tees Valley is a huge investment in the resilience and quality of water supplies to around 200,000 customers, and there is a lot of work to be done, but this is an exciting and important milestone as we progress this strategically important project towards completion.”   The arrival of the tunnelling machine was greeted by ten-year-old Penny Green, from Cotherstone, who won a competition to name it which was run by Farrans.  She chose the name Penelope after herself, because “the machine is strong, like her”, and was joined by her family – parents Richard and Kelly, and siblings Toby, Josie and Harry, at the eastern shaft, to see the machine and meet the team.   Kind regards Karen Alexander Farrans’ Community Business Partner  

By Rachel Rutter

Good morning, The team have been working to programe this week despite the weather conditions. This week the drainage has now been connected to the discharge chamber and backfilling is currently ongoing. Jetting and CCTV of the spillway drainage has began and will continue to monitor. Thank you for your time. Have a great weekend! Please contact us direct if you have any questions at nwl.customer@esh.uk.com. Rachel

By Rachel Rutter

Good morning, Hope everyone has had a lovey week! I would just like to take this opportunity to introduce a new member to the team, Alice will be working alongside Christine and I making sure customers are kept informed and to answer any queries. You may have seen Alice and I in the area this week speaking to residents and seeing how the work progresses. Please don’t be shy if you see us, we are always happy to chat. The team have been working to program this week despite the weather conditions and will continue to monitor throughout the work. Please contact us direct if you have any questions at nwl.customer@esh.uk.com. Thank you Rachel & Alice.

By Rachel Rutter

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Good morning, Hope everyone has had a lovely week! As mentioned previously the team have been waiting on the Mecana filter tank to arrive, I’m pleased to say this is now in place and fitted. The pipelines are continuing to be constructed from the newly installed shaft to the filters and we have been working closely with Durham County Council and others involved and have reinstated the area within Stanley Ancient Woodlands. Please contact us direct if you have any questions at nwl.customer@esh.uk.com. Rachel
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