A COMMITMENT of £1billion investment between 2015 and 2020 has been pledged by Northumbrian Water.
The company says this major undertaking to improve its services will protect and create jobs among its network of suppliers and contractors, as well as encourage new businesses into the area.
Key projects will include improving 270 miles of sewers to reduce the risk of flooding, cleaning 1,500 miles of water pipes, replacing 200 miles of water mains to prevent supply interruptions and improving 12 sewage treatment works to raise the quality of water returned to rivers.
Chief Executive Officer Heidi Mottram said: “This is a major commitment to further improve the infrastructure of water supply and sewerage services in the North East and it will have a significant knock-on effect in terms of our regional economy.
“As well as improving the service we provide for our 2.7million customers, we will be making a major contribution to our network of suppliers and contractors based in the region.
“By making sure we have water and sewerage services that are second to none, new businesses will be encouraged to come to the area.
“We are also mindful of the need to continue offering excellent value for money by giving our customers what they want at a fair price.”
Northumbrian Water is in the process of refreshing its business plan, based on customers’ priorities and a commitment to improving service and efficiency.
It will be published in December and the company is urging customers to find out more and add their views by completing a short questionnaire online – www.nwplan ningforthefuture.co.uk