£2.8m sewage treatment scheme in Borrowby to protect river water quality

Yorkshire Water is set to start a £2.8m upgrade of Borrowby sewage treatment works near Thirsk to reduce the phosphorus levels in water discharged to Broad Beck after treatment.

The scheme is due to start on October 15th and no roadwork disruption is expected.

Yorkshire Water is investing £70 million to improve the final effluent from 16 of its waste water treatment works to meet new environmental targets on phosphorus removal.

Yorkshire Water’s Communications Advisor, Mark Allsop, said: “This work will build on several river water improvement schemes we have going on which include fish passes. We’re committed to doing everything we can to improve our local environment and by completing this work we’ll exceed our target to reduce phosphorus and ensure the water we return to the environment is of the highest quality and deliver significant environmental benefits, and in particular to aquatic life.”

As part of the EU Water Framework Directive, the amount of phosphorus has become a measure of the health of rivers and watercourses. Too much phosphorus in rivers can deplete oxygen and eventually kill fish species as well as lead to excessive algae growth.

As a result of Yorkshire Water’s investment, over 196 kilometres of watercourses will be improved and will ensure the company exceeds targets to reduce phosphorus and in turn improve river quality.