Sewage Causing Threat to North Yorkshire’s Wildlife

Yorkshire is home to vast amounts of beautiful scenery in many different pockets of the county. The North York Moors is home to a picturesque landscape, and lots of wildlife that is under threat from the poor water quality in the area.

The Call of Nature Yorkshire are a campaign centred around reducing and preventing the pollution of Yorkshire’s rivers as a result of poorly maintained sewage systems. Endangered wildlife animals such as freshwater pearl mussel, water voles, and otters are a few of the at risk species, and quality of the water presents an even greater risk to their lifespan.

Funded by the Environment Agency, the campaign seeks to increase awareness of the hazards of badly handled cesspits, septic tanks and sewage systems. Initiatives include informing the public of the common signs of a failing sewage system, and why it is important to look after domestic drainage systems.

Agricultural drainage systems are also at fault for infiltration of phosphate which contributes to the deterioration of water quality of North Yorkshire’s river and water quality. According to partnership officer Kate Bailey,

“Common sources include detergents, sewage, animal manures and wash-off from fields and farmyards. These levels can trigger excessive plant growth which can have a detrimental effect on the river by depleting oxygen in the water and blocking sunlight.”

Evidently, levels of phosphate are affecting the livelihood of wildlife in the region, which in time will be catastrophic for the eco-system. Maintaining and repairing drainage systems across multiple sectors is the purpose of our work here at Alternative Drainage.

In addition to providing drain maintenance in Leeds, Wakefield, and Huddersfield for a wide variety of sectors, we also carry out the repair works and upkeep of septic tanks. The sectors we serve can be viewed here.

For any repairs, or maintenance work required or for more information on defective drain and sewer systems, you can get in touch with us via phone on 0800 980 1362, or alternatively, fill out our contact form.