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£120M project to reduce sewer flooding in Yorkshire

Yorkshire Water has announced details of a £120M programme of work to upgrade its waste water treatment works and sewer network and further protect homes in the region from the misery of sewer flooding.

Over the next five years, improvement work will be undertaken at the company’s sewage treatment sites across the region, where waste water is treated before being returned to local water sources.

Work from 2010 to 2015 will enhance the sewer network ensuring it is better able to deal with the increasing flows of waste water which run through it. Yorkshire Water will also be installing more pumping stations which force sewage out into the sewer in the road when it would otherwise back up into customer’s properties.

The investment will benefit hundreds of customers across the region who might otherwise have been at potential risk from sewer flooding and serve to reduce the likelihood of sewer flooding in the region during storm conditions.

Yorkshire Water project manager Mark Pye said: “We’re desperate to end the misery of sewer flooding, which is a truly horrible experience for anybody to go through.

“We believe, like our customers, that sewer flooding is unacceptable. And whilst we can’t tackle the problem by ourselves, this latest investment underlines our continuing commitment to playing our part in helping to reduce the risk of sewer flooding to our customers and operating as a responsible company dedicated to providing customers with the best possible service.”

The programme of work will begin with a six week project at Market Place, Kirbymoorside, near York to improve the sewerage system in the area in order to help reduce the risk of internal sewer flooding to local properties during periods of heavy rain.

The work, which will be carried out by contractors Mott MacDonald Bentley, is expected to start the week commencing 20 September. During this time, work will take place outside the White Swan public house with road restrictions in place for the duration of this section of work to ensure the safety of contractors and road users.

The company has advised that no water and waste water services should be affected by this work and businesses in the area will remain open as normal.

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