Yorkshire has tendered for a clean water network repair and maintenance services contract worth £800 million including an “innovation tender”.

The company has invited bids for the five contracts including an innovation marketplace designed to develop and promote new technologies.

Yorkshire is seeking bids for emergency reactive work (£160 million) including mains diversions, repairs and replacements; planned reactive work (£360 million) which will include network maintenance and operational work; developer services work (£120 million) including clean and waste connections, mains laying and water diversion work; metering work (£160 million) which includes procurement, installation, repair and replacement of domestic and non-domestic meters.

The company was allotted £4.165 billion totex allowance by Ofwat for its 2020-25 business plan including £905 million to improve service, resilience and the environment. The company was the first to reject the regulator’s final determination and request a referral to the Competition and Markets Authority citing the “poorly designed penalty measures” that would pose long-term risks to its financial resilience.

Yorkshire is hoping to create an “innovation marketplace” to discover and develop repair and maintenance solutions to use across its network. The company said it wants to work with suppliers who can minimise disruptions wherever possible by using “non-conventional techniques”.

It wants to appoint between 50 and 200 suppliers for the innovation marketplace.

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