Northumbrian Water has invested £5 million (€5.8 million) to improve tap water quality to 500,000 customers across Tyneside in the north of the UK.
The water company launched a pipe cleaning programme which will involve cleaning nine kilometres of strategic water mains at 18 different locations in and around Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside.
This is part of a larger cleaning programme, which began in 2010 and has seen improvements to more than 221 kilometres of strategic mains cleaned to date.
The works will take around 10 weeks to complete.
Northumbrian Water’s supply partners, Fastflow Pipeline Services, will be carrying out the work, and there will be no effect on water supplies while it is being carried out.
Project Manager Graeme Ridley said: "This vital work is being carried out in order to future proof our water supplies and ensure that our customers continue to receive excellent and high-quality tap water.
"It’s important that we get to work on this main, and when this is done, we will have completed the full overarching larger-scale project which has been ongoing for the past 11 years.
"I am incredibly proud of the team and our partners at Fastflow for the work they are doing to finish this project."
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