Rangers hold power to find pollution

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Volunteer water rangers are being sought to pick up on pollution.

Northumbrian Water is seeking helpers to identify problems in rivers, streams, burns, becks and bathing areas.

The company has identified routes along the waterways and needs volunteers to walk them at least once a fortnight. After completing the walk, they will then report back on the condition of the water so that any potential pollution can be dealt with quickly.

Those who sign up will receive training, a reward to reflect a reduction on their annual water and sewerage bill and other incentives.

In Morpeth volunteer rangers are needed to check the River Wansbeck at Borehole Lane and Carlisle View, the Cotting Burn, Church Burn, Castle Wood Burn and Postern Burn.

Routes in Bedlington, Ashington and Cambois are also available.

Northumbrian Water Wastewater Director Richard Warneford said: “We appreciate the significant impact that the quality of watercourses and bathing waters has on the ecological system, tourism, economy and recreational activities within our region.

“Our Water Rangers scheme reflects our commitment to looking after the environment and this initiative is a creative, healthy and fun way to encourage our customers and communities to help us.”

An open day will be held at Stakeford and Bomarsund Social Welfare Centre in West Gordon Terrace, Stakeford, on Wednesday, October 29, from 3pm to 7pm, for people to find out more.

There is also information online at www.nwl.co.uk/WaterRangers or by calling 0191 301 6308.