The construction phase of this project is now complete.

There may still be updates, so the project will remain here. We are still monitoring the project and will reply to any comments. So if you have any questions please feel free to comment or contact us here.



One of our top priorities is to reduce the risk of sewer flooding to our customers. Through our surface water management programme, ‘Rainwise’, we are working with our partners and local communities by managing the amount of rainwater in our sewer network. We have identified two areas in Crook and Howden le Wear where we can control the amount of rainwater entering the sewer, reducing the likelihood of flooding or pollution.

Planned work

You may see us or our contractors in your area, as we collect data to help us understand how surface water impacts on our sewer network during heavy rainfall as well as carrying out further site surveys to assist with the development of our proposals. 


At High Hope Street we are considering the construction of a new surface water sewer to relive the existing combined sewer servicing the area.  This new surface water sewer will discharge to the east along the B6298 where Durham County Council is currently rehabilitating a surface water culvert.  


At Hargill Road we have identified that the construction of a new combined sewer will provide additional capacity to the sewer network.  This will reduce the likelihood of flooding or pollution during heavy rainfall. 

Work in your Community

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At Northumbrian Water, we work to make a difference in your community.

Have you considered a career that can help you do the same?

As well as the teams you see working in your streets, we have people doing a wide range of jobs that support that work to deliver the best possible water and sewerage services across the North East.

You can find out more about careers with Northumbrian Water and check out the latest vacancies by following the link below.