WINEP Durham Transfer

As part of an £10 million scheme, Northumbrian Water will be carrying out essential works to improve the performance and flexibility of our wastewater network and wastewater treatment works in the Plawsworth, Pity Me and Brasside areas of County Durham. The scheme will help to improve the water quality of the Blackdene Burn for the benefit of people, the environment and wildlife and ensure that critical wastewater assets continue to serve the community effectively.

Update by Paul Davison

Despite the recent bad weather, we’re continuing to make progress with the installation of rising main and gravity sewer along various sections of the pipeline. Yesterday we successfully installed one of two rising mains under the A167 using  Directional Drilling methods. The drilling machine (Ditch Witch) located adjacent Pity Me Nursery sends an initial pilot drill hole beneath the A167 going west to east. Using an under pressure biodegradable drilling slurry, this keeps the drilled hole open while we attach a larger drill head which ‘back reams’ the hole to the size of the pipe.  Once the hole is ready to receive the new pipe, the Ditch Witch winches the welded plastic pipe back through the drill hole displacing the slurry.

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