Drive to recruit water rangers to help tackle pollution

A WATER company is looking for willing volunteers to help give pollution to watercourses the boot.

Northumbrian Water is launching its Water Rangers an initiative to encourage and help protect and improve water quality in the area’s rivers, streams, becks, burns and bathing waters.

Volunteers over the age of 18 are being sought to sign up to the scheme which will involve them walking along public access routes next to watercourses, once every week or two.

There are 32 hot spot routes to choose from in areas prone to pollution including in Peterlee.

After doing their walk, Water Rangers will report on the condition of the watercoiurse to Northumbrian Water so any potential pollution can be dealt with quickly.

You will receive thorough training, a reward to reflect an annual reduction on their annual water bill and other incentives, including an invitation to an annual celebration dinner.

Northumbrian Water’s Wastewater Director, Richard Warneford, said: “Our Water Rangers scheme reflects our commitment to looking after the environment and this initiative is a creative, healthy and fun way to encourage our customers and local communities to help us to do this.”

Email waterrangers@nwl.co.uk or call (0191) 3016308.