£8m works to improve quality of water

MORE than £8m is set to be spent on improving the quality of drinking water for thousands of residents across West and South Yorkshire, it was announced yesterday.

Yorkshire Water’s contract partner Earth Tech Morrison has started carrying out a “major overhaul” of Ingbirchworth water treatment works, which will involve fitting the plant with new equipment to enable it to more effectively remove pesticides and better treat raw water.

The works, which opened in 1990 close to the border of West and South Yorkshire, supplies residents in the region with 22 million litres of water every day.

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Nicola Senior, a member of Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team, said: “We’re committed to ensuring all of our customers benefit from some of the best drinking water in the world.

“This latest investment is part of a wider scheme of work aimed at improving our water treatment works and maintaining and replacing thousands of kilometres of water pipes, to help ensure that we continue to provide customers with a fantastic service.

“As this work is taking place within the works, there shouldn’t be any disruption to local residents, and we’ll be communicating with everybody throughout the scheme to update them on progress and the benefits this work will bring.”

The company is also currently in the process of submitting a planning application to create a new £2m waste water treatment works adjacent to the existing sewage plant at Ingbirchworth.

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A Yorkshire Water spokesman added: “Neither Yorkshire Water or Earth Tech Morrisson employees will 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.”

The company spokesman added that genuine employees carry identity cards, which can be verified by calling 0845 124 2424.