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Yorkshire Water starts fun initiative to tackle flooding

Yorkshire Water is starting an exciting new flood reduction project called “Soak it up”, an approach to naturally collect rainwater in different ways to help reduce the amount of water that finds its way into the firm’s networks of pipes and sewers.

With more hard surfaces like concrete or tarmac around homes and in communities, less rainwater is absorbed into the ground meaning it can cause flooding and damage to local water courses.

With sewers or drains full from rainwater, pollutants and litter may be carried into water courses which could cause additional blockages.

That’s where Soak it Up comes in. Experts from Yorkshire Water will work alongside the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to spread the message on the importance of sustainable drainage such as green roofs, water butts and vegetable gardens, all of which help soak up water.

The organisations will deliver educational workshops to encourage residents and school pupils to think about how their small actions can contribute.

The workshops will include an introduction to sustainable drainage, activities to take part in and a goody bag which will include a leaflet with ideas about which systems can be implement in their garden at home.

The teams will also help develop plans on how to introduce sustainable drainage into their grounds and organise volunteer days to install the solutions.

Education & Volunteering Manager at Yorkshire Water, Anne Reed said: “Sustainable drainage systems are simple but highly effective way to utilise rain water. They can give a major boost to the garden and to local wildlife whilst also playing a big role in flood prevention.

“We are thrilled to work with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and these organisations to spread awareness and deliver some fun activities for local schools and community groups!”

Director of Operations at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Caroline Thorogood said: “We’re really excited to be a partner in Soak it Up and look forward to inspiring local schools and communities to create thriving spaces on their doorstep that support wildlife and make a difference for people.”

You can find out more about this project over on our Soak It Up webpage

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Yorkshire Water launches environment workshop at Ainthorpe Primary School

Yorkshire Water and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust were at Ainthorpe Primary School as it launched its first ever “Soak it Up” workshop - an innovative approach to reducing water in drainage.

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