£12 million investment to improve the River Dearne

A £12 million investment project that is underway at Bolton upon Dearne waste water treatment works is set to greatly improve the quality of water being released back into the River Dearne and bring about significant environmental benefits including helping fish populations.

The investment at the treatment works, located off Mexborough Road, involves the construction of a brand new inlet works and the installation of a new treatment process. Local MP, John Healey, recently visited the scheme to understand the work that’s being done on site and how it will benefit the local community.

John Bond from Yorkshire Water comments: “This is key project to ensure we further improve river quality in South Yorkshire and bring about significant improvements to the local environment. The site is accessed via a small track and although we’ll do everything we can to minimise disruption, local residents may notice an increase in traffic in the area. We’d ask that people take additional care when driving or crossing roads and assure customers that we’ll keep them updated as the scheme progresses.”  
John Healey MP commented: ““It was good to see first-hand the upgrade work that is going on behind the scenes of this multi-million pound project.

“While nature will be the first to notice the big change in cleaner water discharged into the River Dearne, residents should also see improvements in the wildlife both in and alongside the river when the work is done.

“This work should go a long way to improving water quality in the Dearne Valley.”

Yorkshire Water has recently announced its goal of continuing the company’s positive impact on the environment by looking to avoid pollution and sewer flooding. In doing this Yorkshire Water will capture all sewage and convert it to energy and use new “green” infrastructure, including planting one million trees by 2025 to keep water out of its system. All of this will help it achieve a long-term goal of being carbon positive.