Yorkshire Water’s contractors and engineering specialists, Mott MacDonald Bentley, have replaced an ageing underground storage facility in Bramley with a new structure which is capable of holding up to 16 million litres of treated drinking water - equivalent to the volume contained within six Olympic sized swimming pools.
The new tank, which is a £4m investment, took over a year to construct and is made out of pre-cast concrete. The new tank measures approximately 69 metres in length and six metres in depth
The old tank was constructed in 1880 and had weakened with age.
The new tank, located off Broad Lane in Bramley, is supplying high quality drinking water to customers and has been grassed over and landscaped.
Rachel Reeves comments: “‘It was really interesting to visit the Broad Lane Yorkshire Water reservoir site and hear about this project - one of the largest underground reservoirs in Yorkshire. I was thrilled to be able to officially open the new reservoir and meet the staff involved. It’s brilliant that Yorkshire Water managed to switch from the old supply to the new supply without any disruption to local residents.”
Yorkshire Water operates hundreds of supply reservoirs - most of which are underground - across the region. Varying in size, these underground tanks are used to store treated drinking water before it's fed through to customers' taps. Many have been in operation between 25 and 100 years and whilst they are regularly maintained, they don't last forever, with the oldest currently being replaced to make way for newer, stronger structures, which have the added bonus of further improving the quality of drinking water sent to taps.
Dave Ellis, Project Manager for Yorkshire Water, comments: "This new tank will boost the reliability of our vast water supply network and ensure that customers in West Yorkshire continue to receive some of the best drinking water in the world.
“It’s an amazing achievement; we managed to take the old reservoir offline and bring the brand new one into service without any interruption our customer’s water supply.
“The sheer size of this tank has meant it has been a lengthy project and we’d like to thank local residents for their continued patience throughout.”
This work is part of a £23 million investment Yorkshire Water is making between 2010 and 2015 to replace 16 supply reservoirs across the region.
For more information on what Yorkshire Water is doing across the region, visit yorkshirewater.com.