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Yorkshire Water starts £17M phosphorus removal schemes

Yorkshire Water has begun work on a £17 million investment to improve the final effluent released into rivers and becks from four of its sewage plants to help meet environmental targets on phosphorus removal.

Yorkshire Water has begun work on a £17 million scheme to improve the final effluent released into rivers and becks from four of its sewage plants to help meet environmental targets on phosphorus removal.

The treatment process will be improved at Skipton, Gargrave, Foulridge and Earby wastewater treatment works to improve the quality of treated water returned to local watercourses including the River Aire and Earby Beck.

As part of the Water Framework Directive, the amount of phosphorus has become a measure of the health of rivers and watercourses.

Mark Allsop, communications advisor at Yorkshire Water, said: “By upgrading our wastewater treatment processes, we will be able to remove more phosphorus so that it is not released into the natural environment where it can negatively impact on aquatic life.”

Yorkshire Water is investing a total of £70 million at 16 of its sewage treatment works to improve over 196 kilometres of watercourses and ensure the company exceeds targets to reduce phosphorus levels.

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Treatment
Tags: Yorkshire Water , phosphorus , treatment , environment , Water Framework Directive , sewage treatment , Rivers

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