Saltend

Fire at Saltend Waste Water Treatment Works

One of the many photos posted on Twitter this morning

One of the many photos posted on Twitter this morning

UPDATED STATEMENT from Yorkshire Water:

Following this morning’s fire at our Hull waste water treatment works, which is now fully extinguished, we can confirm that the smaller of our two odour control units has been damaged beyond repair.

We are currently working hard to understand what impact, if any, this will have on our ability to control odours from the site and exploring what options are available to us, should we need to draw on additional resources.

The new and much larger £3.5 million odour control unit which was recently commissioned continues to operate as normal. The treatment process has been unaffected by the fire.

We’re working with the fire service to establish the cause of the blaze, which is unknown at this stage, and would like to thank them for all their efforts this morning.

We continue to liaise closely with all relevant stakeholders and for latest updates you can follow us on Twitter @yorkshirewater or visit our webpage at www.yorkshirewater.com/saltend

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HUMBERSIDE FIREFIGHTERS involving four fire engines tackled a blaze at Yorkshire Water’s waste water treatment works in Saltend this morning (Wed 19th June 2013).

Matt Thompson from Yorkshire Water, said: “The fire, which we believe started at around 7am today, has damaged the old odour control unit which treats flows from the inlet works and primary treatment process. We are working with the fire service to establish the cause of the blaze which is unknown at this stage.”

The fire, and damage done to the odour control unit, comes at a critical time for the Waste Water Treatment Works; the ‘pea season’ is imminent, the process of pea washing creates additional effluent with the potential for stronger odours.

Mr Thompson offered some words of reassurance: “Throughout the day we will be working to assess the extent of the damage and what impact, if any, this may have on our ability to control odours from the site.”

“The new and much larger £3.5 million odour control unit which was recently commissioned continues to operate as normal.”

“As far as we are aware, the treatment process has been unaffected by the fire.”

4 replies »

  1. the ‘odour control’ unit barely worked anyway, still smells of poo down hedon road and Mr Chui (Chinese restaurant) is proper beaut but the pooey smell is proper off putting

  2. Yorkshire Water confirms: “…that the smaller of our two odour control units has been damaged beyond repair.” See update in main article.

  3. These people at Yorkshire water are a law unto themselves, We were told there would be no smells when it was built, and anyone who has drove past in the last few months will have noticed a steady increase in smells, to the point were one young child was physically sick, Having looked into this before i know that any reports of smells or nuisance smells are reported to Yorkshire water and they police themselves, I’ve come to the conclusion without direct action nothing will ever be done regards this issue Councillors and mp”s can talk till there blue in the face ..the people of Hedon and surrounding areas want action…BIG FINES if you hit them in the pocket they will soon get things sorted out. Having said all that im sorry to hear about the fire and hope no one has been hurt.

  4. Graham Stuart MP, has sent the following statement after hearing about the fire this morning:

    [caption id="attachment_17352" align="alignright" width="286"]Graham Stuart and Mike Bryan Hedon Market Place Graham Stuart and Mike Bryan[/caption]

    “I heard first thing this morning about the fire over-night at the Water Treatment Works at Hedon. This is extremely worrying.

    “Together with Councillors I have been working for years with Yorkshire Water to get them to put the proper odour control measures in place. With the new £3.6m odour control unit we thought the battle was being won as odours are definitely down.

    “I’m acutely aware that the pea harvest season is about to start, summer is here, people want to sit out in their gardens or have their windows open, and summer’s going to be ruined for many people if the odours increase because the old odour control unit has been destroyed.

    “I’ve been on the phone this morning immediately to Councillor Mike Bryan and I’m very pleased to know that he’s already working hard on the issue. He’s spoken to Yorkshire Water and to the Council to make sure they know of the severe consequences for residents if Yorkshire Water doesn’t take all immediate actions that are necessary to keep the odours under control. I will be keeping in close contact with Councillor Bryan as he follows Yorkshire Water’s progress in dealing with the after-effects of this fire, and will be supporting him fully as he endeavours to make sure that residents don’t have their enjoyment of summer ruined by odious smells.”

    Councillor Mike Bryan said “As the lead East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor dealing with any issues that arise with Yorkshire Water about the water treatment plant, I am bitterly disappointed to learn of the fire.

    “However, I want to stress that there is no need to worry, at the moment, that the odours are going to increase. I’ve been on to Yorkshire Water this morning to find out what they’re doing about it and am pleased to hear of their determination to put in place measures to make sure the smells don’t escape. I’ll be working closely with Yorkshire Water who will be keeping me up to date with what they intend to do.”

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