Yorkshire Water investing £11m in Bentley Treatment Works

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Yorkshire Water is investing £11m in Bentley Treatment Works to reduce the levels of Phosphorus getting into small watercourses and improve the quality of water flowing into the river Don.

Contract partners, Tilbury Douglas are already working on phase one of the project to upgrade Yorkshire Water’s Bentley wastewater treatment works at Millfield Road.

Mott MacDonald Bentley will start phase two on Monday 24 June. This will see the installation of 2.5km of new rising main and outfall to divert storm water and treated effluent from Bentley Mill Stream. This will reduce the levels of Phosphorous in the watercourse and improve the water quality flowing into the river Don.

The footpath on Bentley Common Lane from the junction with Mill Gate will be closed for six months so that the work can be carried out safely. Access to the working area will be via Ings Lane and Hemp Pits Road. Whilst there may be an increase in site traffic, there won’t be any road closures or traffic management associated with this site.

Rich Tomlinson, project manager, said: “This is part of our £500m water industry national environment programme (WINEP) investment to reduce Phosphorus at 80 of our wastewater treatment sites and improve water quality. It is one of a number of WINEP schemes to help improve the water quality of the river Don.

“Phosphorus is a normal part of domestic wastewater entering the system from products such as shampoo and liquid detergents. The quality of water in our local rivers is incredibly important to us, our customers and the environment and we are working hard to reduce the amount of Phosphorus entering the watercourse and in doing so, help to improve the health and quality of our rivers.”