Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water Services Limited is a water supply and treatment utility company servicing most of Yorkshire in northern England. The company has its origins in the Yorkshire Water Authority, one of ten regional water authorities created by the Water Act 1973, and privatised in 1989. The company has been part of the Kelda Group since 1999.

Until February 2008, the parent company, Kelda Group, was a listed company on the stock exchange, when it was bought by a consortium of companies.

The company vision is to be Clearly the Best Water Company in the UK.

It is regulated under the Water Industry Act 1991


The company's area includes West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire, part of North Lincolnshire, most of North Yorkshire and part of Derbyshire. The area is adjoined on the north by that of Northumbrian Water, on the west by United Utilities, on the south west by Severn Trent Water and on the south by Anglian Water.

Environmental record

Yorkshire Water has received fines for breaches of environmental law. For example:

*It was fined twice in April 2007. The first offence was for allowing polluting matter to enter Clifton beck in Brighouse, contrary to section 85(1) of the Water Resources Act 1991. The final incident killed one third of the wildlife along over a mile of the stream. [ENDS Report 388, May 2007, p 54] . A further incidents in the same beck led to a fine of fined £2,400 in 2004 [ENDS Report 351, April 2004, p 60] . Yorkshire Water argued that the blockage causing the offence was caused by a third party. Eleven days later, the company was in court again to admit to breaching its discharge consent at its Neiley sewage works, Honley. The discharge consent allowed for biological oxygen demand to exceed 21mg/l more than three times a year. The Environment Agency demonstrated that the works had breached this limit five times in 2005, resulting in a fine of £16,000 plus £754 in costs. [ENDS Report 388, May 2007, p 54]

*Yorkshire Water was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £9,051 in costs for supplying "unfit water" in May 2006 in a prosecution brought by the Drinking Water Inspectorate, under the Water Industry Act 1991. It pleaded guilty to three offences. Properties in Harlow Moor, Harrogate, had received discoloured water supplies in February 2004, which was caused by work on its supply mains stirring up sediment. About 1,200 properties were affected and 64 customers complained. The Drinking Water Inspectorate said to the ENDS Report that this was not the first time that the company had failed to check valves before working on its distribution mains. Prior to this incident, the DWI had prosecuted it four times. [ENDS Report 377, June 2006, p 54]

*Yorkshire Water's largest fine, of £119,000 (reduced to £80,000 on appeal), with costs of £125,598, was received in December 2000 after pleading guilty to seventeen charges of supplying water unfit for human consumption. [ENDS Report 311, December 2000, p 52]


From being the most hated water company during the "year of the drought" (1995),Fact|date=August 2008 Yorkshire Water's performance has turned around so much so that the company was awarded the title " [http://www.utility-awards.com/winners.htm#10/ Utility Company of the year] " by "Utility Week magazine" three years in succession while no other company has so far won it more than once.

Yorkshire Water has met or improved on every leakage target set for the company by the Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT). 2006-6 figures are given at http://www.ofwat.gov.uk/aptrix/ofwat/publish.nsf/Content/pn2707


The authority created in 1973 took over the following public sector water supply utilities:
*Barnsley Corporation
*Bradford Corporation
*Huddersfield Corporation
*Kingston upon Hull Corporation
*Leeds Corporation
*Rotherham Corporation
*Scarborough Corporation
*Sheffield Corporation
*Norton Urban District Council
*Rawmarsh Urban District Council
*Calderdale Water Board
*Claro Water Board
*Craven Water Board
*Doncaster and District Joint Water Board
*East Yorkshire (Wolds Area) Water Board
*Mid Calder Water Board
*Northallerton and the Dales Water Board
*Pontefract, Goole and Selby Water Board
*Rombalds Water Board
*Ryedale Joint Water Board
*Wakefield and District Water Board
*Yorkshire River Authority

In early 1999 the company took over York Waterworks Company, a small water-only company serving the city of York.


Yorkshire Water does much to promote recreational use of its reservoirs. Available activities include walking, fishing, horse riding, cycling, water sports and bird watching.Reservoirs with public access include:
*Agden Reservoir
*Angram Reservoir
*Ardsley Reservoir
*Baitings Reservoir
*Beaver Dyke Reservoirs
*Blackmoorfoot Reservoir
*Broomhead Reservoir
*Dale Dike Reservoir
*Damflask Reservoir
*Digley Reservoir
*Doe Park Reservoir
*Eccup Reservoir
*Embsay Reservoir
*Fewston Reservoir
*Gorple Reservoir
*Grimwith Reservoir
*Haworth Moor Reservoir
*Hewenden Reservoir
*Holme Styes Reservoir
*Ingbirchworth Reservoir
*Langsett Reservoir
*Longwood Reservoir
*Manshead Reservoir
*More Hall Reservoir
*Ogden Reservoir
*Ponden Reservoir
*Ramsden Wood Reservoir
*Redmires Reservoirs
*Reva Reservoir
*Rivelin Reservoir
*Royd Moor Reservoir
*Ryburn Reservoir
*Scammonden Reservoir
*Scar House Reservoir
*Scout Dike Reservoir
*Swinsty Reservoir
*Thornton Steward Reservoir
*Thuscross Reservoir
*Timble Reservoir
* [http://www.ywsonline.co.uk/web/RecDist.nsf/TophillLow?OpenPage Tophill Low Reservoir and Nature Reserve]
*Underbank Reservoir
*Walshaw Dean Reservoirs
*Whinney Gill Reservoir
*Widdop Reservoir
*Winscar Reservoir
*Withens Clough ReservoirFull details are given on their [http://www.yorkshirewater.com/recreation/?OpenPage recreation website] . Walking packs and podcasts are available for free download for some of these reservoirs.

Other reservoirs include:
*Graincliffe Reservoir

External links

* [http://www.yorkshirewater.com/ Official site]


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