Yorkshire Water to reduce the risk of pollution of the River Foss

Yorkshire Water’s contractors will start constructing a new rising main between Copmanthorpe and Bishopthorpe sewage pumping stations (SPS’s), to reduce the risk of pollution, on 22 June.

This £1.5 million investment will reduce the risk of the pipe bursting and potential future pollution incidents.

Copmanthorpe SPS (which is located to the east of Moor Lane, opposite the sports ground) currently transfers effluent from about 2,000 local properties to Bishopthorpe SPS, off Sim Balk Lane, via an underground pipe.

Engineering Specialists Mott McDonald Bentley (MMB) will construct over 2km of new pipe using a tunnelling technique. They will start work at Copmanthorpe SPS and tunnel under open farmland, fields and under the River Foss to Bishopthorpe SPS. The current pipe will then be abandoned.

In the first few weeks, MMB will set up compounds at both pumping stations and construct new temporary access tracks with stone. Residents of both villages will see an increase in vehicles bringing stone to and from the sites via Bridge Road and Copmanthorpe Lane.

It will take about 6 months to complete this project.

Yorkshire Water Project Manager Mike Glew said, “The pipe has burst a number of times over the last few years so we need to replace it to reduce the risk of pollution.”

“We've liaised with the council and local interest groups to ensure that all ecological, environmental and archaeological considerations have been taken into account when designing this project. We’d like to reassure residents that we’ll keep disruption to a minimum during this essential work.”

Chris Marsden

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