Otterburn, Rochester and Byrness WTW

Together with our supply partner, Mott MacDonald Bentley, Northumbrian Water is planning to replace the existing water treatment works at Otterburn, Rochester, Byrness as part of its ongoing investment programme. The old water treatment works will be replaced with a new modern high quality treatment systems to ensure the highest level of water quality and customer service for now and for the future.

Project updates

Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon,

By now you will have notice our team are currently setting out the area to commence the work for the treatment works.

Jason and his team (the same crew as Otterburn) have arranged the ecological sweep of the site, commenced the site set up and widened the existing entrance road and are currently stripping and stoning up the site. All this in preparation of the site set up and the installation of the welfare facilities. Progress has been good, due to the good weather, however adhering to the government guidance on COVID-19 has and will continue to be a challenge.

The team will continue to following the guide lines so we respectfully ask should you approach any of our team when you are conducting your daily exercise please me mindful of social distancing.

Just a couple of photos for those who haven't been able to see in person our progression.

Don't forget to ask me any questions about the project, I'd be happy to help




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Update by Paul Wood


Hello everyone,

I’m Paul Wood the Project Manager for the Otterburn, Rochester and Byrness water treatment works project. 

I’m pleased to let you know that the new water treatment works at Otterburn has been constructed. We have had to delay making the works operational as a result of the current situation with the Coronavirus.

This means that our plans to demolish the old works and complete the site infrastructure for the new works will be delayed. 

The existing water treatment works are continuing to operate as normal and there will be no impact on your water supply.

We have also recently written to the Rochester village residents to confirm that the works at Rochester which started on site on 1st April 2020 are to continue to go-ahead as planned.


We will continue to give updates regarding both the completion date of the works at Otterburn and the progress of the works at Rochester on here.


If you have any queries regarding the project then please get in touch.

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning,

The weather has really taken it's toll on the works these past few weeks. Whilst the photos below are  pretty, it slowed down the programme. 

So where are we???

We are currently working through commissioning new unit with a view to going operational in the coming month. Once the new works is operational the existing works will be decommissioned and then demolished.The team are working hard landscaping the new planned areas…footpaths…roads etc and our work programme will take us now to early Summer.

Please feel free to contact me should you require further information or you can email me direct at

Have a look at the photos!




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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning,

Is it too late to say "Happy New Year"?

I know it's been a little while but our work has recently been inside the new building and to be honest, not very exciting.

The team have been progressing and due to one or two technical issues and the strange, intense weather we have pushed our anticipated finish date to May. Lets hope after Storm Dennis we can play a little catch up and hopefully bring that date forward.

Just to let you know next Tuesday (again weather permitting) we will be working in the school grounds and will be building a pond to encourage insects etc to visit hopefully adding another dimension to the childrens educational needs. We are constructing it during the holidays so it can be a surprise for the children on their return so ......."mums the word". I will let you know how Jason and his team get on!

Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the project, you can email me direct on .

This weather is challenging us all,  please stay safe folks!

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning,

Just thought I would let you have the last update of 2019.

As previously mentioned in the last blogg, the commissioning work is still ongoing and will continue until the Christmas holidays and likely beyond.

Jason and I met up with the primary school this week and we are looking to do some work for their garden area at the turn of the year, so we are looking forward to that. (Lets hope the weather stays kind)

We will be leaving site for the festive period from Friday 20th December until Monday 6th January when we will just have the normal security arrangements in place.

The works will obviously continue after then when we will finish the commissioning, remove the old works/building and landscaping.

It remains for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2020.





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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning,

It's been a while since my last update..........

Jason and the team are on commissioning now and half way through...commissioning will be done by 17th November and then the 2 week proving period starts.  We should be fully operational by the end of the first week in December then we commence decommissioning the existing works.

So great progress!

Don't forget if you want to ask anything about the project please feel free.

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Update by Joan Tatters


A few more photos of the new building.......

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning,

I'm presently at site and catching up with Jason.

Since the last update the building has been delivered and successfully installed, currently the team are ongoing with connections for drainage, duct work and incoming supply. The weather hasn't been on our side that said it all went well.

Plans going forward the guys are gearing up for the electrical installation and then leading into the commissioning period of the works.

Here are a couple of photos and have a look at the videos

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning All,

I have received an update from Jason, this weekend we are planning to work Saturday and Sunday, 3rd and 4th August between 7am and 7pm.

We don't normally work weekends but to keep us on track regarding the programme we, along with our colleagues at Northumbrian Water agreed it would be effective to do so to keep to schedule.

During this time we will be taking delivery of the new units for the building, once on site the team will commence the assembly and fixing the items to the ground base.

There should be no real disruption to you only the short time on the roadside outside the works whilst delivery takes place. That said if you are out and about please just be that little more vigilant if you are passing our site as your safety is paramount to us.

Thank you again for your patience during our work, we really do appreciate it.

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning All,

All considered and taking into account this crazy weather, Jason and the team are really making headway.

They have now created an excavation for the new building, putting in the stone base, then tonnes of concrete to reinforce the support. The mounds of surplus has been removed to make way for the installation as well as a crane pad adjacent to the works in prep of lifting in the new building.Things are starting to take shape!

Have a look at the photos.


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