n MORE than £50 million is being invested in the Scarborough area by Yorkshire Water.
WORK on part of a £7.6 million improvement project at Scarborough waste water treatment works will get under way today.
Yorkshire Water is temporarily suspending the final disinfection stage of waste water treatment at Scarborough until February 8.
This is to allow new ultraviolet lamps to be installed, which will allow greater volumes of water to be treated.
Claire Glavina, a member of Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team, said: “This is part of a major investment at the works in Scarborough, which started last year and is on track to be finished this Spring in time for the coming bathing season.
“This important work is all about improving Scarborough’s bating water quality.” She added that while the UV disinfection stage is switched off, there will be no health implications for people going in the sea.
However, members of the surfing community have been informed as a matter of courtesy.
Miss Glavina said: “It’s the best time to do the work and it is fully supported by the Environment Agency.”
The project also involves the installation of a new primary settlement and final settlement tank (pictured) at the site off Burniston Road.
Miss Glavina explained that the new tanks, which constitute the majority of the £7.6 million investment, are being installed predominantly to improve South Bay bathing water.
This is in advance of the Revised Bathing Water Directive – a new set of standards which will come into force in 2015.
At the moment beaches can receive a Quality Coast award or the highest honour, a Blue Flag.
Under the new directive, a beach will be graded as excellent, good, sufficient or poor, with the cleanest beaches being awarded with a Blue Flag.
Miss Glavina said: “Since November 2010 we’ve been working in partnership with Environment Agency, Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council to make sure all resort beaches are classed as ‘excellent’, so they can get a Blue Flag.”
Yorkshire Water is investing £110 million along the East Coast.