A £9million upgrade of Morpeth sewage treatment works has been completed.
Northumbrian Water began the scheme in April 2013 to increase capacity and improve processes to ensure a higher quality of treated water was discharged into the River Wansbeck.
The site, which serves around 8,000 properties, can now treat more than five million litres of waste water a day, almost a million litres per day more than previously.
Project manager Dean Thompson said: “Morpeth sewage treatment works has been treating waste water for more than a century now.
“To ensure the site is fit for future generations, we have constructed a new inlet works, three new wastewater treatment tanks, which range from 15m to 17m in diameter, and installed three new 34m diameter filters. A significant amount of electrical and mechanical work was also carried out.”
Mr Thompson also reminded residents that only toilet paper and natural human waste should be flushed away to avoid blockages in the system and costly removal to landfill.
“Customers can help us to look after Morpeth sewage treatment works by only flushing toilet paper, pee and poo down the loo, and by putting grease and fat in the bin, rather than down sinks,” he said.
“We spend around £400,000 every year sending items such as nappies, sanitary products and cleaning and baby wipes to landfill. All of these should be put in the bin and not flushed down the toilet.”
Northumbrian Water treats up to 475 million litres of waste water every day. More than £150million is to be invested by the utility company up to 2020 to upgrade and maintain its 412 sewage treatment works.