A NEW treatment works is to be built in York to ensure the city's drinking water meets the required standards.
The 18m development is earmarked for a site off Landing Lane in Acomb within the boundaries of an existing works which has served the city since the 19th century.
But the existing plant's capacity has been downsized since 1999 and only two of the four treatment streams are operational.
The site has been extended over the years to meet supply and water quality standards, but outdated equipment has meant that the treatment process is especially labour intensive.
A feasibility study commissioned by Yorkshire Water recommended that a new treatment works is needed to meet drinking water standards. The plans involve building a new treatment plantand access road along with a high voltage electricity sub-station and a pump control panel
Building work is due to begin in May if planning permission is secured when York Council's west and city centre area planning sub-committee meets on Wednesday next week.