Protecting the environment is fundamental to our business. This is why we’re planning our biggest ever environmental programme in Yorkshire from 2020 to 2025, with schemes that will protect the very essence of our region.

From supplying Yorkshire with a reliable source of clean water, to returning it safely back to our rivers and coasts. We have a duty to be clear on our environmental impact and what we’re doing to minimise it.

Protecting and enhancing our network

With weather patterns expected to change and the population expected to grow, we have to change how we manage our network.

Over the last 25 years, we have invested £8.5 billion of capital investment into our land, pumps, and treatment works.

We now have one of the most flexible and resilient water supply systems in the world, delivering drinking water to millions of homes and businesses every day.

Protecting our land

99.3% of our waste is already diverted from landfill and recycled. But this is just the start.

By 2020 we'll have already reduced sewage leaks by 50% and sewer flooding in homes by 70%.

By 2025 we will have stopped rainwater run-off from 40 hectares of surfaces including roads and footpaths. This will create more capacity to support the creation of new homes and businesses. Our Soak it up initiatives are our first steps in helping to achieve this.

We’re also working toward planting one million trees right here in Yorkshire, to support the government agenda for a Northern Forest by 2028.

Water resilience

By 2050 we will have a wastewater and drainage management plan in place for every town, city, and rural area at risk of flooding in Yorkshire.

Our Living with Water project supports Hull as one of only five cities selected for the global water resilience framework. This scheme helps prepare for and respond to shocks and stresses to the water system in the event of various challenges.

Reducing blockage incidents across our region

We will make our own supplies more resilient and allow us to be completely self-sufficient by 2035.

The 'fats to fuel' recycling project in Bradford is already harnessing the potential of waste cooking oil to protect local sewers from blockage.

The scheme asks local residents to collect waste cooking oil in tubs, ready to be collected and sold to renewable energy firms.

Just one litre of cooking oil can generate enough electricity to make 240 cups of tea and has resulted in an almost total elimination of sewer blockages in the area.

Goal #3 - Environment

How will we know we're getting it right?

We will have eliminated flooding and pollution from our sewer network by 2050.

We're already on track to conserve 11,736 hectares of land in 5 years, with 11,492 hectares already reached. And we're also on track to improve 440km of Yorkshire's rivers by 2020.

We recognise the need to reduce waste in all its forms, whether it's money, physical waste, or time.

By managing land for water, we will capture more carbon, enhance biodiversity, and the people of Yorkshire can continue to enjoy our beautiful environment for years to come.

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