New pumping station to cut risk of flooding

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Work will soon be getting underway on a new £2 million sewage pumping station, to cut the risk of flooding in a Sheffield suburb.

The pumping station is being built on land to the north of Delves Avenue, Hackenthorpe, reducing the number of sewer flooding incidents affecting homes and gardens.

The risk of sewage escaping to the nearby Shire Brook stream will also be reduced.

Engineers will also lay almost 800 metres of new piping behind Rainbow Avenue, which will collect the water flowing from the street and pass it to the station.

The work by Yorkshire Water means some trees will have to be cut down – but the firm has promised to replant the area and provide new footpaths.

Project manager Ross Housley said: “This project demonstrates just how committed we are to playing our part to help reduce the risk of flooding in previously flood-prone areas. It will significantly increase the capacity of our sewerage network, ensuring it’s better placed to meet growing demand.

“We recognise that a project like this is always likely to result in some disruption and we want to reassure local residents that we’ll work with the local community to keep any potential disruption to an absolute minimum.”

Over the last two years Yorkshire Water has already spent £500,000 on the sewer network in Hackenthorpe.

The latest work, carried out by contractors Barhale WSP, is set to be completed by next summer.

Residents are being warned to be on their guard if they are approached by strangers claiming to be workmen needing access to their homes. Real employees carry ID cards, which can be verified by calling 0800 1 387878.