WORK has begun on a £7.6 million scheme to improve a sewage treatment works in Scarborough.
It is hoped that the work at the plant near Burniston will be completed by next May enabling it to process up to 480 litres every second – compared with the current 315 litre limit.
Lee Pitcher, Yorkshire Water’s bathing water strategy manager, said the work was important because it would make the waste water treatment works more able to cope during heavy demand such as periods of heavy rainfall.
It is understood that Yorkshire Water is due to unveil details of a further £40 million investment for this area when it meets members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet next week.
Mr Pitcher said: “Scarborough has a 60,000 population – and that can triple on certain days. Keep Britain Tidy has said that part of the blue flag criteria will have to be the new excellent standard for bathing water.”
Earlier this year the company carried out various tests to predict water quality and Mr Pitcher said he hoped the work would help raise the standard of Scarborough’s bathing water.
He added: “We are working together to get that excellent standard. It puts us in the best position but we have to deliver it.”
New tighter standards for assessing the quality of bathing water are due to be introduced in 2015 with sampling due to begin next year.
The work at Burniston will create a new primary settlement tank, 21m in diameter, and a new final settlement tank, measuring 25m across.