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Yorkshire Water baking a difference

11 November 2010

Yorkshire Water has been working with Jackson's Bakery in Hull to help the renowned family business pro-actively manage its water consumption and continue its excellent commitment to the environment

The ongoing work has seen Yorkshire Water install flow monitors on the site's water pipes to help understand water usage and to highlight any anomalies which may signal leaks or bursts.

Given the nature of the business, it is crucial the water supply is not interrupted and, while the new technology helps to guarantee security of supply, it also allows the bakery to be as water efficient as

With over a million loaves of speciality bread baked each week, the very nature of the business means it has to meet strict regulatory and legal requirements around the preparation and distribution of food.

Food manufacturers naturally have waste material as a by-product of their processes and, if the correct procedures aren't in place for appropriate disposal, then problems can occur such as a build-up of fat in the sewers, which can increase the risk of flooding on the premises.

Again working pro-actively with Yorkshire Water, Jackson's has invested in CCTV surveys of the on-site drainage system to gain a better understanding of their condition. Regular drainage cleaning is also
undertaken to prevent any costly problems and disruption.

The package Yorkshire Water provides to Jackson's includes flow monitoring, sewer maintenance, leakage inspection and other services all geared towards ensuring the business is running efficiently.

Business customer services manager at Yorkshire Water, Sue Ritchie, said: "Jackson's Bakery is a great example of how being pro-active with the monitoring and maintenance of clean water and sewerage infrastructure enables a company to operate as cost-effectively as possible."

Ken Hawkridge, purchasing director at Jackson's said: "Yorkshire Water work closely with our business and having access to their knowledge and experience helps us to be more efficient, ensuring we achieve necessary compliance with any water or waste related regulations. Water is critical to our organisation and it is good business sense to work with Yorkshire Water to manage our water and waste needs."

Yorkshire Water's business services department provides a tailored service to a wide range of business customers in and out of Yorkshire, including manufacturers and retailers, councils and chemical plants dealing with subjects such as water conservation, leakage reduction, water flow monitoring, water audits, drainage infrastructure services and trade effluent management.

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