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Bedford Pumps clean up on the Yorkshire Coast

Posted: Monday 8th July 2013

Bedford Pumps Ltd have secured contracts for the value of £2M to supply pumps to three of Yorkshire Water’s pivotal pumping stations situated on the picturesque coastline of Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Water is investing £110M to ensure that Yorkshire’s beaches and bathing waters are among the best in Europe. A new European Bathing Water Directive is due to come into force in 2015 and this investment should ensure an “excellent” standard for water quality with the ability to secure some coveted Blue Flags for Yorkshire’s beaches.

The bustling tourist destination of Scarborough will receive £40M of the funds to increase the storage, transfer and treatment of storm water. This will reduce the chance of untreated water entering the sea during times of heavy rainfall. Two of the three pumping stations to be upgraded by Bedford Pumps are located in the town. Scalby Mills Pumping Station will benefit from four new submersible volute pumpsets of a centrifugal mixed flow design and Toll House Pumping Station will receive three new suspended bowl pumps manufactured and installed by pump specialists Bedford Pumps.

The third pumping station will be a new construction and located on the promenade at South Beach in Bridlington. Belgrave Road Pumping Station is designed to pump excess storm water during heavy rainfall and high tides more than 1km out to sea. Four suspended bowl pumps from Bedford Pumps operating at a duty of 2,500 l/s at a head of 8m will move the water through a connecting storm water transfer tunnel and a new coastal pipe to achieve this objective.

Bedford Pumps are delighted to be working once again with civils contractor Morgan Sindall Grontmij (MGJV) to revitalise the Yorkshire coastline. Yorkshire Water’s investment is part of a larger multi-agency project involving the Environment Agency and local councils to improve the quality of beaches and bathing water along Yorkshire’s coast.




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