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Welcome to the Public Affairs section of our website. Here you will find information on our work with stakeholders and our positions on key issues.
We are committed to working in partnership with our stakeholders and we are always keen to discuss our work in the region, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the details on this page if you have any questions.
If you're wanting to know our latest position on some of the water industries hottest topics then you've come to the right place! Whether it's our views on whether fracking should be allowed or whether chlorine should be added to water, we've got a dedicated section with all our statements on all the latest issues.
For a full list of our statements, please take a look at the link below.
From cleaning up Bridlington's beaches to improving Yorkshire's water supplies, we're investing £3.5 billion to tackle the issues at the top of our customers' agendas.
We’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved for Yorkshire’s water and sewerage services since privatisation in 1989. Our innovation and investment has resulted in some significant environmental improvements, no water restrictions and better customer service, and has brought jobs, work and wealth creation to our region. Here are some of the highlights of the past two decades...
In Yorkshire we now have one of the most flexible and resilient water supply systems in the world, delivering top quality drinking water to millions of homes and businesses every day.
During the drought of 1995 we had to impose water restrictions and bring in water from other regions. Since then, we’ve led the way developing and creating a grid management system – an extensive underground network of pipes that lets us move water to where it’s needed most. So when drought was declared in east Yorkshire in 2012, we were able to draw on water from other parts of the region to re-balance stocks and maintain supply, meaning there were no water restrictions for any of our customers.
And in 2012-13 we recorded our lowest ever leakage levels.
Yorkshire’s rivers have never been cleaner. Our waste water treatment works treat effluent to higher standards than ever before, cleaning the water to remove potentially harmful elements such as phosphorus and nitrogen before returning it to our rivers.
Three decades ago the Don was dubbed one of the most polluted rivers in Europe – our aspiration is to see salmon swimming through the centre of Sheffield once more.
In partnership with the Don Network, a coalition of passionate people with an interest in the river and its surroundings, we’ve undertaken an innovative and engaging programme of work to improve water quality along the entire length of the river – from its source high on the moors above Sheffield to its confluence with the River Ouse in Goole.
We can’t control the rain but we do have a part to play in reducing flooding in our region. Since the wide scale flooding in Yorkshire in 2007, we’ve worked in partnership with local agencies to understand the effect our sewer network has on flooding and to reduce its impact. However, we recognise that this is an issue where we still have much more to do.Our recent ‘Stop it. Don't block it’ campaign is just one of the ways in which we have used different approaches to reduce flooding.
We’ve shown our customers that putting the wrong things into the sewer network causes problem blockages, and that this can lead to homes and businesses becoming flooded with untreated waste water.
Yorkshire hasn’t seen a hosepipe ban since 1996.
We're much more than just investments however, we also believe the best way we can make a real difference to Yorkshire communities is through employee volunteering.
Following on from the success of our most ambitious volunteering initiative, One Million Green Fingers - through which we created gardens in Yorkshire schools - we were proud to launch its replacement, ' Hands Up', in April 2013.
We've got a big, diverse workforce with lots of different skills, which we're keen to share with the local community through 'Hands Up'.
Yorkshire Water’s Stakeholder Engagement Team is responsible for maintaining the company’s relationship with external stakeholders including politicians, regulators and NGOs. We are always happy to hear from our stakeholders so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Public Affairs Team
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