Work will start this month on a £2.5 million upgrade to a sewer network in County Durham, aimed at protecting the environment.

Northumbrian Water is planning on replacing part of the sewer, which runs close to the Priest Burn, in Esh Winning, and is installing a new pumping station to reduce the risk of pollution.


The pipe currently running to the local sewage treatment works will be replaced, while the new pumping station will be installed in the field opposite South Terrace.


Northumbrian Water’s partner, Esh/Stantec, is due to start work on Monday, May 17, with the project expected to take eight months to complete. Traffic management will be in place where necessary, and a compound is being established for the project, next to the existing sewage treatment works.


The water company’s Project Manager, Chris Bond, said: “This is aimed at protecting the environment by upgrading and futureproofing our sewer network in the Esh Winning area.


“This investment will benefit our core services for customers, as well as the local watercourse.”


Updates will be available throughout the projects at