THE quality of water in the River Ure near Boroughbridge is set to improve after improvements began on the town’s sewage works.
Yorkshire Water is investing £500,000 to install new hi-tech screening units which will filter out anything but waste water from incoming sewage, including grit, sanitary products, cotton wool buds and nappies.
The new equipment is replacing older screens which are coming to the end of their lives and the company says it will significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the treatment process, ensuring the treated water discharged back into the Ure exceeds stringent legislation rules and remains of a very high standard.
Ian Waterhouse, solution engineer at Yorkshire Water, said: “We recognise we have a big part to play in ensuring the quality of water courses and this is just another example of how we’re improving our treatment processes to ensure that our treated discharges exceed regulatory standards and remain of an extremely high quality.
“Evidence of this can be found in the fact that water courses are thriving, with salmonoid species in abundance in the area.”
The works receive up to 60 litres a second of sewage and serves approximately 10,000 customers from the surrounding areas.
Contractors Morgan Sindall Grontmij began work in mid-July and Yorkshire Water expects installation of the new screening units to be completed before October.
Yorkshire Water alsosaid it did not expect local residents to be disrupted in anyway. It also stressed contractors will not need access to residents’ homes at any point and has asked the public to remain on its guard against bogus callers.
Anyone who has doubts about a caller’s authenticity should telephone 0845 1242424 for assistance.