Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bill Rises to Tackle Sewer Overflows

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bill Rises to Tackle Sewer Overflows

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Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor

A water company pledged last night to tackle the problem of overflowing sewers.

Northumbrian Water plans to spend an extra pounds 38m on sewers after 326 properties were hit by effluent flooding last year.

The company said that price rises proposed for customers from 2005-10 would help pay to prevent sewer incidents.

In a report by water watchdog Ofwat yesterday on companies' performance over the last year, Northumbrian Water was rated average for properties hit by overflowing sewers.

Last year Northumbrian gained an above average rating across all seven categories of performance, including sewers.

It was the third year running the company had scored top marks but in 2002-03, it has slipped to four above average stars and three average ratings.

Last year 326 properties were hit by sewer flooding, compared to 101 in the previous year.

A company spokesman said that pounds 15m had been allocated to the problem in the period 2000-2005. …

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