A project to improve the water quality around ten Yorkshire beaches costing over £110 million has finally been completed. The project involved the building and implementation of high tech water equipment that is now being turned on at sites such as Bridlingtom, Scarborough, Flamborough and Skipsea.
Yorkshire Water is saying that the work, which first began back in 2010, will help make the water that is being discharged back into the Yorkshire coast cleaner than it has ever been.
Yorkshire Water also hopes that this will secure many of Yorkshire’s beaches the Blue Flag award. This is a certification handed out by the Foundation For Environmental Education for a beach that meets certain environmental standards. It takes into account the beach’s safety, quality and water quality. Only two beaches in Yorkshire have been awarded Blue Flag status until now. These are North Bay in Scarborough and Whitby.
The project involved building a set of brand new storm water storage tanks. There are also brand new pumps and UV treatment that is intended to remove bugs from the water.
A spokesperson for Yorkshire Water said:
This investment is part of a massive multi-agency effort to raise the standard of all designated bathing waters along Yorkshire’s 150 mile coastline. The Yorkshire Bathing Water Partnership was formed in 2010, with Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency, local councils and Welcome to Yorkshire grouping together.
Yorkshire Water’s investment has been a big part of the partnership’s work and, now operational, the new facilities provide the best possible way of dealing with excess waste water at times of heavy or prolonged rainfall.
Yorkshire councillors are happy with the action that Yorkshire Water has taken in order to clean up the water quality along the coastline. Some are hoping that it will not only help to provide a better standard of living in those areas but boost tourism as well. The leader of East Riding Of Yorkshire Council, Mr. Stephen Parnaby, said:
Clean beaches are an important part of the East Riding’s tourism offer and regaining Blue Flag status is high on the council’s list of priorities.
His sentiments were echoed by the chief executive of Welcome To Yorkshire, Mr. Gary Verity. He stated:
We believe Yorkshire has some of the best coastline and beaches in the country and this huge amount of work will mean we are safeguarding the future of this fantastic asset – not just for visitors coming here now but for future generations.