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Yorkshire Water is funding the scheme to “re-wet” the peatlands above Scar House and Angram reservoirs near Lofthouse. The aim of the work, which will cost £1.2m, is to improve drinking water quality in the area.
The work will involve the restoration of heather cover using brash on over 1,000 hectares of land above Angram Reservoir.
Yorkshire Water claims that for every £1 spent restoring peatlands £3 of public money is saved, and for every £1 not spent on restoring peatlands the tax payer has to foot a £5 bill.