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Northumbrian Water pollution scheme expands

Water ranger route in Stanley Image copyright Northumbrian Water
Image caption The water company is calling for dog walkers, ramblers, runners and cyclists to volunteer to be a water ranger

A scheme to tackle water pollution is to be extended.

Northumbrian Water, which supplies water across the north-east of England, is expanding its cohort of water rangers.

It is recruiting new volunteers to walk by streams, becks, burns and bathing waters which are prone to pollution and report back on their condition.

The company's wastewater director, Richard Warneford, said the scheme had been "hugely successful"

"[It] has helped us to spot and deal with potential threats to the environment at the earliest possible opportunity on a number of occasions," he said.

New routes have been added in Northumberland, Tyneside, County Durham and Teesside.

Image copyright Northumbrian Water
Image caption Current water ranger Peter Stone said the scheme was "very proactive" in tackling pollution

The rangers are trained in environmental issues and what to look out for when monitoring watercourses.

The new routes are situated in:

  • Cramlington, Ponteland, Haltwhistle, Haydon Bridge and Allendale in Northumberland
  • Whitley Bay, North Shields, Wallsend, Jesmond and Gateshead on Tyneside
  • Washington, Sunderland and Hetton-le-Hole on Wearside
  • Chester-le-Street, Spennymoor and Darlington in County Durham
  • Greatham, Middlesbrough and Guisborough on Teesside

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