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Yorkshire Water begins Bradford sewer checks in bid to reduce flooding

Yorkshire Water has started sewer checks in parts of Bradford Moor and Thornbury as it looks to reduce the risk of flooding in the area.

The year-long project will see the company replace damaged sections of sewer, while broken gullies and pipes will be replaced. Checks will also be made to ensure disused drains from old outside toilets and wash blocks are properly disconnected.

This work follows on from successful schemes in Keighley and Leeds.

Yorkshire Water project manager Michael Piper, who's overseeing the scheme, said: "We’re giving sewers in areas of Bradford Moor and Thornbury a health check to make sure they're flowing properly, as well as repairing any damage that could cause flooding issues.

“Our recent work in Keighley and Leeds has shown a significant reduction in reported cases of flooding compared to previous years and builds on our plan to reduce incidents of sewer flooding. Yorkshire Water is taking a proactive approach rather than acting as and when individual complaints are received.”

Blockages in the waste network are also a big issue for Yorkshire Water. Last year the company was called out to repair more than 30,000 sewer blockages across the region, costing £2.4 million with 40% of these blockages being caused by wet wipes flushed down toilets.

Even so called ‘flushable wipes’ can cause blockages as they contain plastic which does not break down in the system. To help raise awareness of the issue, Yorkshire has been running a ‘flushing wipes blocks pipe’ campaign.

To find out more about the effects of blockages in the network, visit our blockages webpage.