Northumbrian Water has announced a one year upgrade to the sewer network in parts of Sunderland.
The scheme, which will begin in November, will involve reducing the amount of surface water that enters the network in order to free up pipe capacity. The upgrades will take place in Roker, Seaburn and St Peter’s.
Northumbrian Water wastewater director Richard Warneford said: “Removing surface water from sewer pipes is a very effective way to reduce the risk of flooding and pollution.”
New pipes to take surface water away from the network will be installed and there will be new tanks to store storm water installed underground on nearby farmland. Northumbrian Water added that it was planning to use sustainable drainage such as rainwater gardens.