Ovingham vertical turbine pump installation

This project is to replace two of the pumps in the raw water pumping station at Ovingham. These two new pumps will pump be able to pump up to 80 megalitres of water a day from the River Tyne to the water treatment works at Horsley. In order to vary the speed that the pumps will work at two new drives are being installed to control the speed of the pumps, together with new controls to monitor and control the pumps remotely.

Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning,

Just following on from Tina's post I thought I too would take the opportunity to introduce myself, I'm Joan Tatters and I'm Mott MacDonald Bentley's (MMB) Customer Liaison Officer for this project. 

In advance of our work you will have noticed our team have been out trimming trees and shrubs in advance of the nesting season so as not to disturb the birds and other wildlife in the area as we will be starting work the beginning of March. 

As we are a little short on space we will be introducing a new compound adjacent to the river, using the layby on the top road and an area within the inlet works opposite.

Our team will be around over the next few days so please say hello should you see them (socialling distant of course).

Please feel free to ask me anything you like about the project I'd be happy to discuss, you can either use the portal or email me at


Here are a few photos from the bulb planting Tina mentioned. 


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