Yorkshire Water has issued the following press statement following its meeting with the East Riding Council yesterday. The statement is published in full below for the information of local residents:

YORKSHIRE WATER met with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council today to present details of the company’s forthcoming £3.25million project to reduce odours at its Saltend waste water treatment works.

Details of the £3.25million scheme were unveiled by Yorkshire Water’s Director of Production, Graham Dixon, who explained that the works is one of the biggest facilities of its kind in Europe, treating up to 40 million gallons of waste water every day. Mr Dixon also highlighted what has been done so far to minimise odours at the plant, including the recent implementation of new measures to further improve the day-to-day operations at the site. He also pledged the company’s commitment to working with industrial customers to address any issues relating to their waste discharges, as well as working more closely with local residents and stakeholders to better understand the cause and effect when odours do occur.

The £3.25million investment will see the installation of a new, state-of-the-art odour control unit which will be the biggest in the region and twice the size of the current system at the plant. Detailed modelling is already well underway with construction on the unit expected to begin in February 2011 and completed by December the same year.

Graham Dixon, Director of Production, said:

“Today’s meeting gave us the opportunity to demonstrate just how serious we are about minimising odours at the site. Due to the sheer size and nature of the works, it’s likely that there will always be some odour, but we’re confident that our carefully considered investment will ensure we meet industry standards in the future. We also want to say thank you to our customers in the area. They’ve shown a great deal of patience whilst we’ve been working on solutions and we’ll continue to keep them informed of progress.”

As well as the investment into the odour control unit, the company has made a number of changes to the way it manages the day-to-day running of the plant to help minimise odours. These include regular odour inspections, including carbon sampling to predict potential changes, alongside regular maintenance of the odour control unit to ensure it’s performing exactly as it should. Customers will be kept up-to-date on the latest progress at the works through opt-in email and text alerts with further details around these being communicated in writing.

Yorkshire Water has also said that it will continue with its weekly odour management meetings with environmental health officers from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and its quarterly liaison meetings with ward and local parish councillors.

For more information on Yorkshire Water’s investment into its Saltend works, visit http://www.yorkshirewater.com/your-water-services/local-improvements/improving-waste-water-services/hull-and-saltend-news.aspx

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