Yorkshire Water invests half a billion in water improvement programme

Yorkshire Water has announced that it will be spending £400 million over the next year in the second phase of its five year plan to deliver £1.9 billion worth of improvements to its water and sewer infrastructure.

Since the investment programme was launched last year, the company has already spent £300 million to undertake significant infrastructure and maintenance work.

A number of major projects are already underway including £110 million to improve bathing water quality along Yorkshire’s East Coast, £100 million to reduce the number of sewer flooding incidents and £92 million to improve the quality of drinking water and boost the security of supplies.

The company has also started an £18 million project at Acomb Landing, near York, to create a state-of-the-art water treatment works.

Investment over the coming months will include £5 million to improve drinking water quality in Bradford by upgrading Chellow Heights and Graincliffe Water Treatment Works.

The company will also be investing £70 million to upgrade Blackburn Meadows sewage works in Sheffield as part of the Freshwater Fish Directive to improve water quality in the River Don.

Yorkshire Water’s director of asset delivery unit, Charlie Haysom, said: “As a company, we don’t just pump water into our region. We also pump millions of pounds into the local economy, with this investment supporting the region’s economic growth at a time when it is most needed.

“To help us achieve this goal, we’re already well underway with our most ambitious spending programme ever, investing £1.9 billion between 2010 and 2015 to improve water quality, protect the environment and maintain our infrastructure for the future.”

Alison Brown

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