Swinsty Reservoir, in the Washburn Valley

Yorkshire Water invests £6 million in reservoir safety works

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Swinsty Reservoir, in the Washburn Valley, will see a partial closure to its footpath over the next 18 months, in order for essential safety works to take place.

Yorkshire Water, which owns and maintains the reservoir, has invested six million pounds to strengthen the spillway on the reservoir’s east bank. The significant work will ensure that the reservoir’s overflow continues to effectively protect the embankment from flood erosion by safely diverting excess flows.

There will be an alternative footpath in place from 23 November 2020, whilst the work is taking place. As the route is on uneven and sometimes wet ground, it is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs – walkers are advised to wear suitable footwear and keep dogs on leads.

Mark Allsop, customer liaison advisor at Yorkshire Water said:

In order to provide an alternative walking route for visitors to Swinsty Reservoir, we have worked with local landowners and the North Yorkshire County Council to map out a footpath diversion. The route will be clearly marked on signs around the site, or customers can also view it on our website.

The works planned for Swinsty ensure that the reservoir can continue to play its part in supplying drinking water to the homes of millions of customers in Yorkshire. The investment will reinforce the structure and protect the area in the face of extreme weather.

  • To find out more about the investment at Swinsty Reservoir, go to: https://www.yorkshirewater.com/swinsty

    Yorkshire Water manages the collection, treatment and distribution of water in the region, supplying around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water to over 5 million people every day.

  • They have 2,500 colleagues and rely on a huge network of more than 700 treatment works,
  • 130 reservoirs
  • 62,000 miles of mains to transport water around the whole county using a unique grid system



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