Julian Smith MP visited Yorkshire Water’s waste water treatment works in Skipton on Friday.
Mr Smith received a tour of the facility and heard about the £8.6 million investment currently being undertaken at the Skipton site. The money is being used to upgrade the water treatment works, to improve the quality of water returned to local watercourses after treatment, thus improving the local environment.
In particular, the work will enable Yorkshire Water to meet new environmental targets on phosphorus removal. Phosphorus is a normal part of domestic sewage and is naturally contained in soil. While it is an essential nutrient for plant growth, when a water body becomes overly enriched it can negatively impact aquatic life, particularly fish.
Julian Smith said, ‘It was great to finally visit a real sewage works. Thank you to Yorkshire Water for a very interesting tour.’