Yorkshire Water creates specialist waste water unit

We have invested £1.1m to expand our waste water services unit to help protect Yorkshire’s sewer network from major incidents such as flash flooding and pollution. 

The new team, with 22 people in it including sewer technicians, has fourteen specialist vehicles at its disposal which will be used to unblock sewers and prevent sewage escapes. 

In total, we have a squadron of 60 network technicians, with support from service partner Amey, who work on the frontline throughout Yorkshire responding daily to sewer network pollution challenges. 

Mark Stoneman, Operational Jetting Team Project Manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “We have created this new division to protect households, businesses and waterways such as rivers and streams from pollution. This is a specialist unit of highly trained professionals that will have at their disposal the very latest equipment to protect the sewer network in Yorkshire that stretches to 55,000 kilometres.” 

The creation of the new team is the first time we've created an in-house operational jetting unit. They will have a target to respond to pollution incidents within two hours of them occurring to mitigate any pollutions risks.   

The new team has been created in response to the 2015 Boxing Day flood which caused widespread damage to the sewer network in Calderdale, York and Leeds caused by silt deposits from river water.