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Panton McLeod has helped maintain the quality of Darlington’s water supply by quickly cleaning a storage tank at a major water-treatment works in County Durham.

Northumbrian Water (NW) contracted Panton McLeod to clean one of the huge storage tanks at the Durham facility.

The tank is one of a network, often hidden from public view, that delivers drinking water to millions of homes and businesses across the NW region.

Despite being out of sight, the large water containers have to be maintained to high standards.

Panton McLeod had originally been called to clean one of the main storage tanks at the water works following a remedial repair project during the run up to Christmas.

However, due to the adverse winter weather and operational changes, the company was asked to start work on the facility earlier than planned and at short notice, in order to ensure customers would face no disruption to their water supplies over the festive period.

The company’s engineers ensured the cleaning work was carried out with minimal disruption and more than a day earlier than originally planned.

Paul Henderson, operations director at Panton McLeod, said: ‘We were called to clean one of the two main storage tanks at the facility, using special pumping and air-moving equipment to ensure that the work was done swiftly, safely and efficiently.

‘The facility supplies up to 100 million litres of water a day to households in the Darlington area so we had to ensure that customers’ supplies were not affected while our work was ongoing.

‘We had team members travelling up from Nottingham that were on site within five hours of taking the initial call from NW.

‘Considering the adverse weather, this was a tremendous effort by our team and enabled us to work into Sunday evening.

‘By getting this initial pumping stage completed, it allowed us to have the whole facility cleaned and ready by 1pm on Monday – more than a day earlier than was originally expected,’ added Henderson.

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