Initiative continues to grow

Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.
Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.

An award-winning scheme that was launched by Northumbrian Water to help give water pollution the boot is growing across the region.

The initiative involves Water Rangers in various North East locations walking, weekly or fortnightly, along local public access routes next to streams, becks, burns and bathing waters.

After completing their walk, these volunteers report on the condition of the watercourse so that any potential pollution can be dealt with quickly.

The scheme originally started in 2014 with 32 routes, but has now increased to 55 routes – ranging from 210 metres to 3.6 kilometres long.

Different areas of Morpeth are included and Ponteland is among the places with new routes.

Dog walkers, ramblers, runners, cyclists or anyone who just loves the outdoors and cares about the environment, are encouraged to volunteer.

Northumbrian Water’s wastewater director, Richard Warneford, said: “The Water Rangers initiative has been hugely successful. It has helped us to spot and deal with potential threats to the environment at the earliest possible opportunity on a number of occasions.

“In addition, it has helped us to raise awareness of our sewer pipes, outfalls and other equipment amongst the public.”

Water Rangers receive thorough training on environmental issues and what to look out for when monitoring watercourses. They are offered additional volunteering opportunities to support local community projects.

For more details about the scheme, call 0191 3016308 or email waterrangers@nwl.co.uk