Employer: Northumbrian Water

Who Are They?

Northumbrian Water supply water and sewerage services to over 1.3 million homes across the North-East of England. We use a lot of water – enough that Northumbrian Water measure in hundreds of megalitres. Every day. Bear in mind that just one megalitre of water weighs a thousand tonnes, and you’ll realise they move and process vast amounts of the stuff. It’s a good job they do, though, or we’d all soon (a) smell, and (b) be really thirsty. Very smelly and thirsty indeed.

To move that much water, Northumbrian Water operates a vast of network reservoirs, treatment works, pumping stations, more than 25,000 km of water mains and over 29,000 km of sewer pipes.

The company also operates Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland, the largest artificial lake in the UK and host to more than 250,000 visitors a year.


Northumbrian Water are a higher-tech business than you might imagine, with substantial research and development efforts around reclaiming energy from waste sludge. It’s not the sort of thing that sounds glamorous, but harvesting burnable methane from decomposing sewage is the sort of technology that could have an impact on renewable energy use. It also helps sewage smell less.

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With around 3,000 staff, Northumbrian Water offers a wide range of opportunities across business, science, engineering and digital fields.

Among the different roles at Northumbrian Water are:

  • Microbiologist
  • Water Quality Scientist
  • Highways Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Service Desk Analyst
  • Civil Engineer
  • Cost Estimator
  • Operational Research Engineer
  • Conservation Advisor

Science and maths links

  • Health and disease
  • Ecosystems – material cycling
  • Biodiversity
  • Chemical analysis – assessing purity and separating mixtures
  • Water resources and obtaining potable water
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Particle model of matter
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