Water treatment works set to run on hydro power
Northumbrian Water (NW) is commissioning a new £1.3m hydro power plant at its water treatment works in County Durham.
Commissioning of the 185kw unit at Mosswood water treatment works follows eight months of construction and technical work and is set to be up and running by the end of this month.
The project forms part of the company's sustainable goal of generating renewable electricity to power its plants in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and cut costs.
It is anticipated the plant will generate enough power to meet a third of the electricity needed to run the treatment works, as well as provide a saving of £200,000 per year.
NW climate change manager David Chapman, said: "Northumbrian Water is committed to reduce carbon emissions by 35% by 2020 and utilising every opportunity at its reservoirs and treatment works to increase renewable energy generation."