A multi-million pound upgrade to a sewage works has been welcomed by residents who are angry about foul odours from the site.
Members of the public have complained for several years about smells coming from Yorkshire Water’s two waste water treatment plants close to the River Don in Mexborough and Denaby.
But Yorkshire Water bosses said this week that a £5.5 million scheme to improve processes at the Mexborough Waste Water Treatment Works is right on track.
Resident Frank Knapton , 77, of Morton Road, Mexborough, said he hoped the work would go someway towards providing a permanent solution to the on-going smell problem.
He told the Times: “The smell has persisted for years and is worst in the summer. But they seem to be tackling the issue, and let’s hope that will put an end to it.”
The upgrade will result in better water quality in the River Don, along with odour reduction, and it is set for completion this summer. Staff have also been increasing checks to tackle an odour problem at the nearby Denaby site.
In addition, Yorkshire Water has limited the rise in the average household customer bill for 2014/15 to £6. There had been a planned rise of £12 because industry regulator Ofwat had scheduled a 1.6 per cent rise in addition to inflation. But the company said they had listened to customers’ concerns and agreed to reduce the increase.
Richard Flint, the company’s chief executive, said: “We need to continue to deliver a great service while keeping bills as low as possible.”