Blocked sewers cleared in £2.3 million project

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Contractors at work in Maidstone Street Contractors at work in Maidstone Street

Work has been completed on a £2.3 million scheme to help stop flooding from sewers in the Bradford Moor area of the city.

The sewer network has been inspected and repairs carried out after 80 flooding incidents were recorded over the past five years.

Engineering specialists Mott MacDonald Bentley carried out the work for Yorkshire Water and found the sewer conditions were significantly worse than expected with fat, oil and grease causing clog ups and putting some properties at immediate risk of flooding.

The year-long project saw 30km of sewer surveyed and cleaned, 800 new access gullies installed, 450 drains lined over a 5km stretch along with 20 sewer section replacements.

Items such as oil, grease, baby wipes and make-up wipes build up in sewers and solidify stopping waste water from escaping down its normal journey – meaning they can come back up through toilets and sinks.

Work to put the sewers right had to be right outside people’s homes in the area – often in their gardens – and one of the streets involved was Amberley Street.

Resident Raymond Field said the engineers did a “great job” and kept everyone informed of what they were doing.

Yorkshire Water project manager Lee Laherty said: “We hope this pro-active work will help prevent incidents of sewer flooding in the area.

“Although our work has played a huge part in reducing the risk of sewer flooding, we still need residents in the area to look after their own sewer pipes as one of the problems causing blockages is people mistakenly disposing of items incorrectly down their sinks and toilets.”

He added: “We’d like to thank the community who have been very patient with us throughout this work, we really appreciate their cooperation.”

To find out more about how and where you should dispose of fats and other clogging-potential items appropriately, go to visit yorkshirewater.com

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