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Yorkshire Water to invest £300m in South Yorkshire water infrastructure

CTBR Staff Writer Published 17 August 2017

English water supply and treatment company Yorkshire Water will invest around £300m to improve the water and waste water infrastructure in South Yorkshire.

The projects in the pipeline include a £20m project at Langsett water treatment work. It is aimed at ensuring that customers in the area will receive quality drinking water.

Another £24m scheme at Rivelin water treatment works is also underway. This project will improve drinking water quality for more than 200,000 customers in the Sheffield area and it is expected to be commissioned next autumn.

In Barnsley, the company has allocated £20m to Lundwood sewage treatment works to improve the final effluent quality and to reduce ammonia odour levels in the River Dearne. This is part of its efforts to improve the quality of the river water.

Yorkshire Water communications advisor John Bond said: “Since 2015, we have spent over £100m in South Yorkshire, not only on upgrading water treatment works, sewers and pumping stations, but also odour management, conserving moorland, reducing flood risk, and improving rivers.

“This will help us meet our customer commitments and ensure that we continue to be regarded as having some of the best drinking water in the country and boasting some of the finest landscapes.” 

Yorkshire Water said that there is an underground labyrinth of water pipes and sewers across Yorkshire, stretching for 83,000km. 

The company added that significant investment is needed to keep the underground network operating to high standards.