Work is due to start next month on a £1.3 million (€1.5 million) sewer upgrade in part of Darlington, as Northumbrian Water embarks on a project to protect the environment.
The company has set July 5 as the date to start work on replacing an existing pipe with innovative trenchless technology being utilised.
This involves digging two pits at either side of the road and drilling horizontally between them, removing the need to dig up the road itself.
Additionally, working with Darlington Borough Council, Northumbrian Water will also carry out localised surface water drainage work.
This will help improve the way rain water is dispersed from the area, reducing the chances of flooding during storm conditions.
Project manager Peter Greenan said: “We are working hard to minimise disruption, using innovative technology to reduce the impact on the local roads and planning carefully when any measures are required.
“This is an important project for the area, as upgrading the local sewer network will help to reduce the risk of flooding or pollution, protecting customers and the environment.”
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