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Cornwall's new £3M reservoir is under construction

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering has begun work on site on a new £3M reservoir for the Newquay area.

The new 62m long, 32m wide covered reservoir is being built next to and will replace the existing Coswarth service reservoir just outside Newquay, which is reaching the end of its useful life and has parts dating back 100 years.

The new £3M reservoir will be 8m deep and will hold 13Ml of water, suppling 9,000 homes. It will be constructed using 680t of steel reinforcement and 2,700m³ of concrete. Some 50 reinforced concrete columns will support the reinforced concrete roof. Contractor Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering has already moved 13,000t of earth and recycled 6,000t of material from the site.

Work on site started in May 2011 and is due for completion in March 2012. “This is an exciting project and we are delighted to be providing our customers with a new service reservoir which will secure supplies to Newquay and the surrounding area for many years to come,” said South West Water project manager Mike Court.

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