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Multi-million pound scheme to improve Doncaster’s waterways

Frank Knapton MBE, of Mexborough stands infront of the River Don as he is complaining about the smell caused by a sewerage spill. Picture: Andrew Roe

Frank Knapton MBE, of Mexborough stands infront of the River Don as he is complaining about the smell caused by a sewerage spill. Picture: Andrew Roe

 

Yorkshire Water has announced plans to improve the quality’s of the areas waterways and to set bills at a lower rate than expected.

The company has limited the rise in the average household bill for 2014/15 to £6.

There had been a planned rise of £12 because industry regulator Ofwat had originally 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.

Waterways bosses are also continuing with a £5.5 million scheme to improve Mexborough Waste Water Treatment Works.

Residents have long complained about a smell emanating from the area, but Yorkshire Water say their scheme will improve processes and water quality in the River Don.

The project started last year and is set for completion in the summer of 2014.

Richard Flint, the company’s chief executive, said: “Customers in South Yorkshire already pay some of the lowest average bills in the country but we’ve heard the message that we need to continue to deliver a great service while keeping bills as low as possible.

“We know many customers are feeling the pinch and have taken action by limiting the price rise for this coming financial year.

“We’ve also gone a step further in our proposals for the next five years by suggesting that bills move only with inflation up to 2020. Industry regulator Ofwat will give us their views on that proposal later in the year.

“Guided by our Blueprint for Yorkshire, our investment this year will tackle the things customers say are their priorities, like sewer flooding, pollution and the quality of the sea at the east coast’s bathing beaches.

“Our investment in South Yorkshire this year includes work on three waste water treatment plants in Sheffield, Rotherham and Chesterfield which will see water quality in nearby rivers further improved as well as a project to replace pipes to improve drinking water quality in Barnsley.”

Yorkshire Water is also improving drinking water in Barnsley by replacing old mains water pipes.

Around £1.8 million will be spent on the scheme in 2014/15.

 

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