Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, has visited Northumbrian Water’s new treatment lagoon at Waren Mill, just outside Bamburgh. Accompanied by local councillor Guy Renner-Thompson, Anne-Marie met Northumbrian Water Group (NWG) CEO Heidi Mottram, plus NWG Director of Corporate Affairs Louise Hunter and David Richardson who manages the site.
The Waren Mill scheme is the company’s first facultative lagoon to treat wastewater, and one of only a small number of similar facilities in the UK. The eco-friendly way of treating waste-water is low on power costs and needs little maintenance, making it a preferred option where there is space to install large lagoons.
The surrounding area has a high transient tourist population, and the addition of the Budle Bay campsite some years ago meant the existing treatment centre was undersized and required an upgrade. The twin-lagoon system provides a long-term solution to the changes in capacity required throughout the year.
Ms Trevelyan was given a tour of the site so she could see the lagoons for herself. She was also shown the new pumping station near the centre of the village which helps sewerage reach the treatment lagoons.
She said: “I am delighted to see the final result of this project for myself, and I congratulate Northumbrian Water Group on their fantastic facility which will serve local residents and visitors for decades to come.”
- Photo 1: L-R Heidi Mottram, Anne-Marie, David Richardson, Louise Hunter
- Photo 2: l-R Heidi Mottram and Anne-Marie