Investment of almost £6.5m at a County Durham wastewater treatment works is set to help to improve water quality in the area.

Northumbrian Water is extending and upgrading the treatment works at Kelloe in County Durham, which will deliver benefits for the Coxhoe Beck, as well as other watercourses downstream.


The work, which will be carried out by Northumbrian Water’s partner Esh-Stantec, is due to start in October, and is expected to take 20 months to complete.


People living in the area are being invited to an event where they will be able to meet the project team and find out more about what is planned and the benefits it will bring.


This will take place on Thursday 29 September, 2022, at Kelloe Primary School, Front Street, Kelloe, DH6 4PG from 3pm to 6pm.


The work at Kelloe is in addition to an £11m investment in upgrades to the company’s network and sites in and around the nearby Pittington and Sherburn areas. Work started on this project in August and will result in improvements to water quality in the Coalford and Sherburn Becks and watercourses they flow into.


Northumbrian Water’s Project Manager, Dean Thompson, said: “The upgrades at Kelloe represent another significant investment in delivering resilient services for this part of County Durham and improved water quality for the local becks, streams and ultimately the River Wear.


“The event at Kelloe Primary School will be an opportunity for people to find out more about what we are doing and why, and we look forward to meeting customers there.”


Updates on both projects will be available at