The £50 million bathing water improvement facilities in Scarborough were officially switched on yesterday.
Yorkshire Water announced that the giant storm pumps were turned on for the first time.
Tony Willey, Yorkshire Water’s chief engineer, said: “We’re extremely pleased to announce that our investment is now up and running. This has been the most ambitious engineering project we’ve undertaken in a decade and it’s a credit to all those involved from our contract partners to the local communities that we’ve been able to contribute to a legacy for the region - creating a coast everyone can boast about.
“In total we can now provide storage for 19 million additional litres of storm water. We’ve installed an additional seven kilometres of pipework along with two state of the art ultraviolet treatment facilities to provide an extra boost to water quality.”
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire added; “We believe Yorkshire has some of the best coastline in the country and this huge amount of work will mean we are safeguarding the future of this fantastic asset.”