Work is underway on a £24 million project to improve the quality of Sheffield’s drinking water.
Yorkshire Water’s treatment works at Rivelin are being upgraded with the construction of a new building in a neighbouring field, which will house new clarifying settlement tanks, which will act as the first phase of the water treatment process.
Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, visited the site of the new treatment centre this week to break the ground and get the construction phase of the scheme underway.
Mr Clegg said: “I’m pleased to be involved in this ground breaking ceremony, which signifies the start of this huge investment into improving the quality of drinking water for thousands of residents in Sheffield.
“It’s great that Yorkshire Water have consulted with so many local organisations and I look forward to returning to see the new underground building when it’s completed.”
Simon Balding, Yorkshire Water Project Manager, added: “We’re delighted Mr Clegg was here to celebrate the start of this £24 million investment with us.
“Our works is in the beautiful Rivelin Valley and to minimise the impact of the new building on the landscape we’ve consulted and listened to the Rivelin Valley Conservation Group, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Crosspool Forum and local residents.”
The project will be managed and constructed by Mott McDonald Bentley and is due to be complete by the end of 2017.
Rivelin water treatment works opened in 1994 and is capable of processing 75 million litres of water every day.
Yorkshire Water supplies 1.24 billion litres of drinking water each day - equivalent to 49,600 Olympic sized swimming pools full of water - and operates more than 40,000 miles of water and sewerage mains – enough pipework to circulate the earth.