Yorkshire Water has begun a £500,000 project to replace water mains on Old Pool Bank to improve resilience in the water network and increase the pressure of the water supply in Pool-in-Wharfedale.

The project, delivered by contract partners United Living, will see approximately 1,400m of a water main replaced to better the resilience of the water network in the area.

Nichola Fairbairn, project manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “The quality of the water that we supply to our customers across Yorkshire is incredibly important to us, and of course, to our customers. The investment we're making in Old Pool Bank will sure up the delivery of high-quality, high-pressure clean water supply for those in the area in the future."

Work is underway and will be completed in four sections. To allow work to be completed safely, there will be traffic management in place.

The first stage of works will require a road closure on the bottom side of Old Pool Bank Road, until July 28. Temporary traffic lights will then be put in place from July 29 to September 22 on Leeds Road, alongside a road closure on the top section of Old Pool Bank from July 29 until October 20.

Access to businesses and properties will be maintained via signed diversions throughout the works, and affected residents will be contacted directly.

Nichola added: “We’d like to thank residents and road users in advance for their patience and understanding whilst we undertake these necessary works.”

Works are expected to complete in November 2024.