Public services provider, Amey, has secured a £100m three-year contract extension to provide reactive and proactive maintenance work across Yorkshire Water’s sewer network
The contract extension, which begins in April 2020, forms part of Yorkshire Water’s Waste Water Services Agreement.
Works, which initially began in September 2015, will involve reactive sewer repairs, ironwork replacement, preventative intervention cleansing, and repairs related to flooding and pollution.
The company manages clean and wastewater collection and distribution for over five million people. This contract falls within the AMP 7 spending period, which presents new performance measures for the water provider.
Neil Cooney, Amey Utilities – Yorkshire Water account director, said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with Yorkshire Water and look forward to supporting them to meet the significant challenges that the regulator has set for AMP 7.
“Amey brings a wealth of innovative operational solutions and collaborative working practices, which will help us deliver against the client’s ambitious targets. This will result in a successful contract for both Yorkshire Water and the end-user.”
Nicola Shirley, Yorkshire Water Operational contract manager, added: “We have some challenging performance targets for AMP7 and, working with Amey, we will positively contribute to the Performance Commitments we have for sewage flooding and pollution.”
Water company employees as key workers
Yorkshire Water recently made a commitment not to use the government’s furlough scheme for any of its employees and will retain all staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government has designated water company employees as key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they carry out essential work to maintain and repair the water and sewerage systems.
Yorkshire Water has also said that they would like to avoid putting any additional strain on the taxpayer-funded scheme, to ensure that customers do not end up ‘paying twice’ for their water and sanitation services.
Chief executive of Yorkshire Water, Liz Barber, said: “I am in awe of the way that our communities and colleagues have come together during this crisis. We have changed how we work in countless ways, to ensure that we can continue to deliver a high level of service for all our customers.
“I am making a heartfelt promise to reassure all staff that we will not be using the government’s furlough scheme or making any staffing reductions in this period. I would also like to thank all of our employees for working harder than ever to keep Yorkshire’s water flowing.”