Yorkshire Water upgrade moves on

THE NEXT phase of a £58m project by Yorkshire Water to upgrade or replace its sewage, clean water and raw water pumping stations in South Yorkshire is set to begin today.

A total of £1.9m will be spent at eight sewage and seven clean water pumping stations in Sheffield and Rotherham over the next few months, as the company carries out improvements which it says will “further reduce the risk of any operational failures at these sites, which could lead to pollution incidents.”

The region-wide improvement project, which was launched back in October last year, will see hundreds of pumping stations upgraded over the next five years, with specialist engineering contractors Mott MacDonald Bentley and ETM undertaking the construction work.

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The first site to benefit from these improvements in South Yorkshire will be Redmires sewage pumping station near Sheffield, where Bristol-based firm ETM will begin work today.

Both the pumps and the computer systems will be replaced at the 80-years-old pumping station.

Following the project at Redmires, improvements will also be made at a further seven sewage pumping stations and seven water pumping stations in Sheffield and Rotherham.

Craig Proctor, project manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “We’re committed to ensuring our pumping stations, and indeed all of our assets, are performing to the highest possible standards.

“Our pumping stations carry out a vital role and its imperative that these are operating effectively and efficiently all of the time.

“This investment is vital in helping us to achieve this goal and ensuring we further reduce the risk of any operational failures at our sites.”

Meanwhile, Yorkshire Water is also encouraging people to get out and about at its sites over the summer break. Maps for walks and cycle rides can be downloaded from the company’s website.