Multi-million pound water improvements

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A multi-million pound programme to improve water and sewerage services in a South Yorkshire community is near completion.

The work in Ingbirchworth, near Penistone, cost almost £10 million and will cut levels of manganese leaving the water treatment works.

Manganese is a naturally occurring metal common in South Yorkshire which flows to local reservoirs from the Peak District and can lead to harmless deposits in the water supply system, causing discoloured water coming from their taps.

Yorkshire Water project manager Lucy Ward said: “The investment made will help to ensure a continued supply of high quality drinking water in Ingbirchworth for years to come.

“In addition to removing increased levels of manganese from the water, this extra level of treatment helps us provide a more resilient supply.”

Work includes a new manganese treatment plant and lime dosing plant to Ingbirchworth water treatment works.

The sewage treatment works was redeveloped in 2012, with work including a new underground facility next to the old works and improvements to the clean water pipe network and Ingbirchworth reservoir.