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Waste water improvements in Hillam

Yorkshire Water have started preparations for a £3.8 million project to lay a new pipeline from Hillam Waste water Treatment Works (WwTW), located off Stocking Lane, to Sutton WwTW. 

This is part of a wider programme of environmental improvement schemes to improve the quality of water that is discharged from some of the company’s waste water treatment works. 

Unfortunately, the works at Hillam will not meet the new improved water quality standards in its present form, so flows will be transferred directly from Hillam to Sutton WwTW for treatment, via a new pipeline. Sutton WwTW is located off Sutton Lane in Byram Cum Sutton.

Yorkshire Water will also build some additional storage and a new sewage pumping station (SPS), then the works at Hillam will eventually be decommissioned. 

Engineering specialists, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), will take around a year to complete the scheme but no work will take place over the Christmas and New Year period.

Phase one is to construct the new SPS and additional storage in the field behind the current treatment works. Phase two, in the new year, will be to lay the new pipeline to Sutton WwTW which is all in private land and fields. Phase three will be to decommission the works.

Andrew McKinley, Yorkshire Water Project Manager, comments: “Local residents may notice additional traffic and personnel in the area during the project but please be assured we’ll do everything we can to keep disturbance to a minimum.

“Deliveries will arrive to the site via the A63 and Austfield Lane to avoid coming through Hillam village.

“We’ll keep local residents and stakeholders updated throughout the work, particularly with dates when we’ll begin to lay the new pipeline and its location.”

Stocking Lane will remain open during the works and some minor tree surgery will be undertaken on Stocking Lane to improve access. 

Water and waste water services won’t be affected by this work and employees won’t need access to homes so residents are asked to be on their guard against bogus callers. 

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