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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 12:11

Leeds sewage treatment enters 21st Century upgrading energy use and recycling

Knostrop STF - Overview 1Yorkshire Water have been treating sewage from Leeds at their Knostrop treatment works for 100 years, but are changing from sewage sludge incineration, using masses of carbon-unfriendly fuel oil, to a £72 million anaerobic digester which will be able to recycle 94% of Leeds' sewage sludge and generate 55% of the power needed to run the site on a daily basis!

Leeds Central MP, Hilary Benn and Leeds North MP, Alex Sobel were at the official opening alongside members of Leeds Council. Hilary Benn said: “The opening of the new anaerobic digestion plant at Knostrop treatment works is a really important investment in our future. By recycling 94% of the sewage sludge in Leeds to create enough electricity to power over half of the treatment works’ energy needs, this scheme is helping to create a lower carbon future in the Lower Aire Valley.”

Yorkshire Water Director of Waste Water Delivery, Ben Roche explains the new facility in the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HnlcnNtYsw