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Yorkshire Water is a water supply and treatment utility company servicing West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire, part of North Lincolnshire, most of North Yorkshire and part of Derbyshire, in 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.
Also known as Yorkshire Water Services Ltd., Yorkshire Water Enterprises and Yorkshire Environmental Solutions.
In 1995 Sir Gordon Jones, the £ 189,000 a year chairman of Yorkshire Water since 1983, was forced to quit after a year of drought and public relations disasters for the company.
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.
Yorkshire Water has received fines for breaches of environmental law. For example:
From being the most hated water company during the "year of the drought" (1995), Yorkshire Water's performance has turned around so much so that the company was awarded the title "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
It serves 1.9 million households and 130,000 business customers.
Landslip of sewage sludge engulfed a sewage works at Huddersfield in 1992. Almost 20,000 tonnes of sewage slipped from its Deighton waste tip on to the plant, and completely blocked 150 m of the River Colne. The disaster also forced the closure of a nearby ICI plant.
This highly embarrassing episode for the company lasted for many months between September 1995 and January 1996 as reservoirs in the west side of the region ran dry and water had to be taken by (up to) 700 tankers from the east side of the region near Goole in a convoy of trucks with 3,500 daily deliveries along the M62 in a drastic emergency measure which cost £3 million a week. The company has now built a pipeline from the east to the west to allow balancing of water levels to take place should the need arise.
The company came under intense criticism when the Bransholme pumping station failed, worsening the flood damage of the city and flooding two thousand homes on the Kingswood and Bransholme estate. However the blocked drains were not Yorkshire Water's fault, but that of Hull City Council.
The authority created in 1973 took over the following public sector water supply utilities:
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:
Full details are given on their recreation website. Walking packs and podcasts are available for free download for some of these reservoirs.
Other reservoirs include: