Infrastructure investment pumped into South Yorkshire
We are investing over £300m this financial year throughout the region with several projects in South Yorkshire designed to improve the area’s water and waste water infrastructure.
Projects in the pipeline include a £20m project at Langsett water treatment works, which will ensure customers in the area continue to benefit from quality drinking water. This is addition to the ongoing £24m scheme at Rivelin water treatment works to improve drinking water quality for over 200,000 customers in Sheffield which is anticipated to be completed in Autumn 2018.
In Barnsley, £20m has been allocated to Lundwood sewage treatment works to improve the final effluent quality and ammonia odour levels in the River Dearne as part of an effort to improve river water quality.
The natural environment will also be protected, with a fish pass ‘super highway’ at Langsett reservoir near Stocksbridge nearing completion. This will enable trout to travel upstream to breeding grounds in the upper reaches of Little Don River deep in the Peak District. It represents the first phase of a much wider programme of work which will see a total of 14 new fish passes built across the region between now and 2020.
John Bond, Communications Advisor at Yorkshire Water, said: “Since 2015, we have spent over £100m in South Yorkshire, not only on upgrading water treatment works, sewers and pumping stations, but also odour management, conserving moorland, reducing flood risk, and improving rivers. This will help us meet our customer commitments and ensure that we continue to be regarded as having some of the best drinking water in the country and boasting some of the finest landscapes.”
Compared to other water and sewerage companies, our average annual bill of £373 is the second lowest combined water and sewerage bill in England and Wales.
Across Yorkshire, there is an underground labyrinth of water pipes and sewers that stretch for 83,000km, which could travel around the Earth twice. Significant investment is required to keep the underground network operating to high standards.