Yorkshire Water apologise as sewage water leaks into Oak Beck

Oakdale Beck
Oakdale Beck

Waste and sewer water which has leaked into Oakdale Beck after recent heavy rainfall has been branded a “disgrace” by a furious resident.

Drains and culvert screens leading into the stream have become blocked with waste from giant underground sewer chambers near the Harrogate Hydro.

Yorkshire Water said that the problem had been caused by a build up of rags that had blocked the grill opening up onto Oak Beck and apologised for the incident.

A spokesperson said: “We have since cleared the rags and checked that the sewers in the area are not blocked and are flowing freely as they should.

“This outfall acts as a vital safety valve for the local sewer network to reduce the risk, during periods of extreme rainfall, of overflow into homes and streets.

“It is an important part of the overall sewer system that we carefully manage in accordance with strict Environment Agency rules.”

The resident said that, despite Yorkshire Water cleaning the rags up this week, they had already started to build up again. He has now called for a longer term solution to the problem.

He said: “All they do is dig it out and push it away. There is still sewage coming out of the drains and it should not be allowed to be Beck.

“It should be going into a proper waste sewage management system, not running into water. You can always smell it and it’s disgusting. It’s been like this for far too long.”

The giant underwater sewer chambers near the Hydro site were built in 2004 at cost. This was because 15 of Harrogate’s combined sewers met in this area and, in times of heavy rainfall, said Yorkshire Water, they would overflow into a local watercourse.

The scheme, building a new chamber with special screens to hold back storm and sewage debris, was designed to stop this from happening.