Latest Yorkshire Water Stories

2012-08-06 11:31:05

Leaky pipes are a common problem for the water industry: according to UK regulator, Ofwat, between 20 and 40 per cent of the UK's total water supply can be lost through damaged pipes. Developing more accurate ways of finding leaks would enable water companies to save revenue and reduce their environmental impact. The system invented at Sheffield tests pipes by transmitting a pressure wave along them that sends back a signal if it passes any unexpected features, such as a leak or a crack in...

2008-10-10 12:00:18

By Mark Tallentire A WATER company has defended its environmental record after a conservation group said it was being allowed to dump unregulated sewage in the region's rivers. Northumbrian Water hit back after the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) accused the Environment Agency of giving water companies a "licence to pollute" by allowing thousands of overflow pipes to dump into rivers and coastal waters. The MCS said about 3,500 combined sewer overflows (CSOs), which discharge waste...

2008-10-09 21:00:24

By Mark Branagan The seaside town suffered a series of flooding problems when raw sewage spilled out of the port's sewer system, which was unable to cope with heavy rainfall during the wet August.Manhole covers were lifted from the ground by the pressure of the water, leaving effluent flowing into Church Street and Bridge Street.Now Scarborough Council is convening a special meeting of Scrutiny Committee members on Wednesday.It will examine the capability of Yorkshire Water's sewerage...

2008-07-24 00:00:29

ENGINEERS are set to move in on a section of the River Don in Sheffield in an effort to repair damage that has left wildlife at risk from pollution. Two sewers which were damaged during last summer's floods will be repaired and a new "fish pass" installed to encourage the migration of salmon and trout. The sewers were washed away when the river burst its banks in 2007. The work is expected to begin on the site near Clay Wheels Lane in the next few weeks. A weir and a section of the bank...

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