Yorkshire Water have started sewer checks in parts of Bradford Moor and Thornbury in a bid to reduce the area’s flooding risk.

The project is expected to last a year and will involve the replacement of damaged sections of sewer, broken gullies, and pipes.

Checks will be made to ensure disused drains from old outside toilets and wash blocks are properly disconnected.

This work follows on from successful schemes in Keighley and Leeds.

Yorkshire Water’s project manager, Michael Piper, said: “We’re giving sewers in areas of Bradford Moor and Thornbury a health check to make sure they’re flowing properly, as well as repairing any damage that could cause flooding issues.

“Our recent work in Keighley and Leeds has shown a significant reduction in reported cases of flooding compared to previous years and builds on our plan to reduce incidents of sewer flooding. Yorkshire Water is taking a proactive approach rather than acting as and when individual complaints are received.”

Yorkshire Water is currently running another campaign trying to educate customers that flushing wipes blocks pipes.

Every year the company has to repair 30,000 blockages, 40 per cent of which are caused by wet wipes. Even supposedly “flushable” products can contain plastics that do not break down if they do not bear the new “fine to flush” symbol. This comes to a annual cost for Yorkshire Water of £2.4 million.

Earlier this week, Northumbrian Water announced its own plans of cleaning and upgrading 9km of water mains across Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Gateshead.