Efforts to reduce sewage stenches

Blackburn Meadows works
Blackburn Meadows works
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Waterworks managers have shown councillors how efforts have been made to reduce smells from South Yorkshire’s biggest sewage works.

Members of Rotherham Council toured Blackburn Meadows Water Treatment Works, run by Yorkshire Water, and which cleans up waste from Sheffield and Rotherham.

The site, currently undergoing a £78 million revamp, is located next to Meadowhall shopping centre and treats waste water from a population equivalent to over 800,000 people.

Earlier this summer some nearby residents experienced odour issues when a problem with the site’s incinerator unit combined with hot weather to cause an increase in smells.

Neil Dewis, Yorkshire Water’s manager of central control, said: “We’ve worked closely with the Environment Agency and Sheffield and Rotherham councils to develop a plan to address problems.”