Yorkshire Water set to begin sewer upgrade project

Yorkshire Water (YW) is set to start work on a major project with contract partners Mott MacDonald Bentley in a bid to upgrade sewer systems and reduce flood risk in Shipley, West Yorkshire.

As part of the £600,000 improvement work, set to begin January 9, engineers Mott MacDonald Bentley will install a large underground wastewater storage tank capable of holding up to 650,000 litres of wastewater to help alleviate flood risk to local homes.

This latest project by YW forms part of its overall £120m investment to upgrade sewer and treatment facilities and reduce the risk of flooding in heavy rainfall. It also follows increased housing development in the region, which the water company says has put pressure on existing storage.

The new storage tank will be located off Bradford Road, storing storm water during wet weather until it is safe to release back into the local sewer network.

YW project manager Dominic Cunney, said: “This work is being carried out to improve our sewerage system in the area and ensure its best placed to meet the growing demands it comes under, particularly during periods of exceptionally heavy rainfall.

“Yorkshire Water’s £120m investment over the next five years will enhance its sewer network ensuring it is better able to deal with the increasing flows of waste water which run through it. On top of this, the company will also be installing more pumping stations around the region which help to speed up the sewage treatment process.”

In addition, Mott MacDonald Bentley will be upsizing the sewer along Avondale Road and Back Bradford Road, as well as installing a new sewer overflow on Avondale Road.

The work is scheduled to be completed by May 2012.

Carys Matthews

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