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Julian Sturdy MP switches on new sewer in Copmanthorpe

Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer, puts Yorkshire Water’s new two kilometre sewer into action in Copmanthorpe.

Last June, our contractors Mott McDonald Bentley (MMB) started constructing a new £1.5m million sewer between Copmanthorpe and Bishopthorpe sewage pumping stations, to reduce the risk of pipe bursts and potential pollution incidents.

Copmanthorpe sewage pumping station (which is located to the east of Moor Lane, opposite the sports ground) currently transfers effluent from about 2,000 local properties to Bishopthorpe sewage pumping station, off Sim Balk Lane, via an underground pipe.

Using a tunnelling technique, MMB constructed two kilometres of new pipe from Copmanthorpe, under open farmland, fields and under the River Foss to Bishopthorpe so that the current pipe, which was prone to bursts, can be abandoned.

Mr Sturdy was given a tour of Copmanthorpe sewage pumping station and then turned the valve that made the new sewer live and started the transfer of flows from Copmanthorpe to Bishopthorpe.

John Bond, Community Engagement Advisor, said: “We’re delighted Mr Sturdy was able to join us for the end of this year-long project and commission our new sewer.”

Julian Sturdy MP commented: “I very much enjoyed seeing first-hand the investment to reduce the risk of sewer flooding between Bishopthorpe and Copmanthorpe by commissioning a new two kilometre pipe, which was previously prone to bursting. Key infrastructure like sewerage networks are often taken for granted until something goes wrong, and it is welcome that Yorkshire Water has undertaken this important work.”

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