WORK is under way to upgrade a water pumping station.
Northumbrian Water began the £150,000 modernisation scheme in Netherwitton on Monday.
The present pumping station pumps 350,000 litres of water a day to a reservoir in Hill End, supplying 350 homes in rural Northumberland.
The upgrade, which will take three months to complete, will involve replacing the existing facility with a new two-pump station that should be operational by the end of May.
Local residents have been informed of the project in writing and warned that there may be an increase in noise or traffic during the work, though deliveries to the site will be arranged outside peak times.
Project Manager Iain Burn said: “Northumbrian Water is committed to providing a high quality of service to its customers throughout the region and this work is part of our £1.2billion investment between 2010 and 2015 to upgrade our vast water and sewerage networks.”
The water company will not require access to homes for the work.