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From Keighley News, February 6th, 2018
Written by Alistair Shand

ENGINEERS carrying out a £1 million 'health check' on Keighley sewers were joined by the town's MP. John Grogan accompanied the Yorkshire Water (YW) team for an afternoon as it examined sections of the network. The company, together with contract partners Barhale and Indepth Civils, is inspecting sewers across the town as part of an initiative to reduce flooding risks. 

As part of the work, damaged sections are being relined, and broken pipes and gullies replaced.

Also, checks are taking place to ensure disused drains from old outside toilets and wash blocks are properly disconnected.

YW project manager Jonathan Lemoine, who's overseeing the scheme, said: "We're giving Keighley's sewers a big health check to make sure they're flowing properly, and repairing any damage that could cause flooding issues.

"We'll be working around the town until April, so residents might see us on their street."

He urges people to help avoid sewer blockages by not flushing wet wipes and sanitary items down the toilet or pouring leftover cooking fat down drains.

Mr Grogan joined the team as it worked in Mornington Street.

"I spent a fascinating time with the Yorkshire Water staff and their contractors," he said.

"Residents in that area of Keighley have long complained about sewage overflows and flooding. Most of the pipework there had probably not been touched for the best part of a century!

"Yorkshire Water is taking a proactive approach rather than acting as and when individual complaints are received. In the long run, this must be a more cost-effective strategy."