Yorkshire Water has been fined £12,000 after a mechanical failure at its pumping station discharged sewage into the River Calder. The water utility company was also ordered to pay full costs of £913.42 to the Environment Agency, which brought the case.
The pumping station was designed to have three pumps - a duty, assist and standby pump. In June 2011, only two pumps were present and neither worked. The standby pump had been sent away for repair, the duty pump failed because of an electrical fault, and the assist pump failed mechanically.
In mitigation, Yorkshire Water said it had no intention to cause the discharge, and there was no or little environmental damage caused.
Work is starting on a new water pipeline which will make it easier for Yorkshire Water to manage its supplies in East Yorkshire. The complex engineering project will see a 230 metre long pipeline installed, crossing the River Hull near Driffield, the first pipe to do so since 1959.
The new pipe will add to the company's £300m underground grid of water pipes which was used earlier this year to move up to 200 million litres of treated drinking water a day from North Yorkshire to the drought stricken east of the region, where groundwater stores were unusually low.
Engineers will start by digging a 230 metre long tunnel which will be eight metres below the surface at its deepest point to ensure it is safely protected well below the River Humber. Specialist equipment will then fit the plastic pipe inside before the tunnel is filled in by the end of December.
Each year we replace and add to our underground network with miles and miles of new pipe, but the fact that we're tunnelling under a huge river makes this project quite exceptional, as does the fact that much of the work is taking place in our nature reserve. Obviously we'll be making sure our work doesn't disturb the local wildlife, such as otters and water voles in any way and once completed this pipe will help to give us even greater flexibility in terms of how we move water around our underground grid.
Yorkshire Water is investing millions of pounds in new reservoirs that can hold enough drinking water to fill three Olympic swimming pools. They are being brought in to replace outdated storage tanks and provide a reliable supply of clean water for homes across the county.
'Someone will die if people keep ignoring danger signs to put their lives at real risk by entering reservoir waters.' That's according to Yorkshire Water who is issuing a warning to people to stay out of its reservoirs as schools break-up and temperatures soar this week.
There was a narrow escape at Digley reservoir, near Huddersfield, for these two children. They were photographed playing right by the water's edge, after having climbed under a fence and ignored a danger sign.