WEARSIDE youngsters tapped into a new way of working to keep water supplies clean.
Northumbrian Water is using state-of-the-art, remote-controlled underwater robots to inspect storage service reservoirs.
The robots – named Ringo and Macca in nod to The Beatles’ song Yellow Submarine – were put through their paces to beam back pictures from a treatment works near Chester-le-Street.
Performing arts youngsters from Castle View Enterprise Academy in Sunderland were asked along to sing the famous song.
Use of the submersible ROVs (remotely operated underwater vehicles) is a new method of inspection for Northumbrian Water. It can be carried out with the reservoir still in service minimising potential disruption to customers.
Paul Richardson, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “By using these submarines we are able to carry out thorough inspections while ensuring the supply through the storage reservoir is totally unaffected. It’s an innovative use of new technology which can be done quickly, efficiently and safely while the water is still in use.”