Yorkshire Water removes boulders from sewer near Elland Road

Image inside a sewer with debris and boulders blocking the sewer
Blockages

11/17/2021

Yorkshire Water has prevented the risk of flooding and pollution after removing a large amount of debris and boulders from the sewer network near Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium.

The utility company believes the materials, which were restricting the flow of the network at Lowfields Road and Lowfields Avenue, may have been illegally disposed of into the sewer via manholes.

Yorkshire Water’s teams spent two days removing silt from the sewer before removing the large boulders and debris from the pipe, which is more than one metre in diameter.

Miles Cameron, regional operations manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “Blockages reduce the ability of the sewer network to operate correctly and increase the risk of flooding of properties or impacting the water environment.

“In this case a significant amount of silt, debris and large boulders was removed from the section of sewer. The blockage was causing restricted flows and could have caused pollution to the local environment if not removed.

“We are carrying out investigations as to the source of the material, but we would urge people to ensure they dispose of building materials and construction debris correctly.”

Once the blockage was removed the sewer returned to normal operation.