Hempholme and Wilfholme pumping stations are located between Driffield and Beverley in East Yorkshire, and drain low lying agricultural areas into the River Hull. It has been identified that the existing pumping stations need to be refurbished as their current asset life is limited and the pumps are likely to fail in the near future.
The Hempholme and Wilfholme Pumping Stations currently serve to reduce flood risk by pumping water from the lower level drainage system into the River Hull.
The Environment Agency (current owner and operator) is planning to decommission the pumping stations because they are at the end of their asset life. If the pumping stations are decommissioned it will result in frequent flooding and permanent damage to large areas of farm land and associated agricultural industry, resulting in significant economic losses to rural areas within the East Riding.
This project will refurbish the ageing pumping stations to ensure that damage to farmland is minimised.
The pumping stations are currently owned and managed by the Environment Agency (EA). As part of the River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy, the EA stated their intention to remove the maintenance programmes and cease operating the pumping stations as they are approaching the end of their asset life and serve agricultural land only.
The Local Growth Fund will be used as a contribution towards the refurbishment of the pumping stations to ensure that they provide a reliable means of lifting surface water in the lower level land drainage system into the high level system. This will include the purchase and installation of new pumping units with associated control gear and the refurbishment of some existing equipment where appropriate. This capital investment will also reduce the ongoing operation costs by introducing more efficient dry weather pumps.
The refurbished pumps will be operated by the Beverley and North Holderness Internal Drainage Board (IDB).