Tanker bonanza in Yorks reaps EMI for hauliers
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• Tanker operators working on the Yorkshire Water drought relief operations collectively made over .C27 million during the four months it was running.
Interim figures released by Yorkshire Water show that £47 million was spent on the emergency drought operation that ran from early September into January.
At its peak nearly 700 tankers were ferrying water from the River Tees to treatment centres around the county.
Yorkshire Water says that a "majority" of the 147m was spent on tankering, with the rest being invested in pumping equipment, temporary pipes and advertising.
Former manager of Yorkshire Water's drought relief operation Alan Kent says: "We spent about .£27m on tankering and those involved did very well out of it. We know we paid tanker operators over the odds, but we were inexperienced at it," Exel Logistics, which co-ordinated the operation in its later stages, was paid a management fee but didn't take a cut of any profits.