Utility giant Northumbrian Water has committed to £1bn of investment in services for North East customers in a five-year programme devised to stimulate economic growth in the region.
The company, which serves two million properties in the North East and Essex & Suffolk, has identified key areas to make investment following feedback from customers and stakeholders, leading to the creation of a business plan set for publication in December.
The business plan, being published as part of Ofwat’s price review process, will describe its strategy for 2015-20 which 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. Northumbrian Water said the investment in improving its services will protect and create jobs among its network of suppliers and contractors, as well as encouraging new businesses into the area.
Heidi Mottram, Northumbrian Water’s chief executive officer, 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 2.7 million customers, we will be making a major contribution to our network of suppliers and contractors based in the region.”