York & North Yorkshire

York water treatment plant work begins

Building work on a £16m water treatment works in York has begun.

The plant, at Acomb Landing, will replace the existing works which has provided drinking water for the city since 1846.

Although modernized over the last 150 years, Yorkshire Water said the new plant will enable it to ensure it meets water quality standards.

The company said the project would also ensure it would comply with environmental rules.

Claire Glavina, from Yorkshire Water's community engagement team, said: "This investment is part of £1.9bn programme of spending we're undertaking across the region over the next four years to further improve our clean and waste water treatment facilities."

The new works will be able to treat around 35,000,000 litres of drinking water everyday.

The work is expected to be completed in late 2012.

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