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Plans to improve water quality in Whitby

Yorkshire Water will start investing £1.3 million on a project to improve drinking water quality for Whitby residents later this month (September).

During the week commencing 26 September, our partners Morrison Utility Services will start replacing old water pipes to improve water quality.

13km of water mains in over 40 different streets will be improved, and the team will be working in Whitby until the end of March 2017, with a break over the Christmas period.

In order to reduce disruption, the work is taking place out of the summer season and no work will be undertaken over Goth Weekend (4-6 November) or within the town centre from 5 December until early January.

In order to protect the safety of the on-site team and road-users, various forms of traffic management will be used throughout the work including road closures, traffic lights and priority boards. Where road closures are used, fully signed diversion routes will be in place.

We will be holding a customer drop-in session between 4pm and 7pm at the Northern Lights Suite, Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EN on Wednesday 21 September, where members of the public will be able to find out more about the project.

Dave Standish, Yorkshire Water Project Manager, said: “We hope the local community can bear with us whilst we carry out these improvements and we’ll do our best to minimise any disruption. We have written to local residents already and will continue to keep the local community informed of our progress.”

Residents and interested parties are invited to drop in anytime between 4pm and 7pm on 21 September to view the detailed plans and chat to the project team.

Neither Yorkshire Water nor Morrison Utility Services should need access to residents' properties and residents are being asked to be on their guard against bogus callers while crews are working in the area. 

Employees of both companies carry identity cards, which can be checked by telephoning 0800 1 38 78 78, and they won't mind waiting while their details are verified.

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