Work has begun on a new £3.5M underground reservoir in Yorkshire. It will replace an existing Edwardian reservoir to cope with a predicted population surge.
The original Whitby reservoir – built in 1910 – stores treated drinking water before it is pumped out to homes. Its replacement will hold 6M litres once finished in summer 2018.
Engineering specialists Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) will carry out the work, which starts with the demolition of the existing reservoir.
“This investment should ensure that our customers in Whitby continue to receive a secure supply and excellent water quality for another 80 years,” said Yorkshire Water project manager Dave Ellis.
The utility firm operates several underground reservoirs in the area, with most currently between 25 and 100 years old. Although the existing reservoirs are regularly maintained, the new underground tank will improve capacity as well as the quality of drinking water in the area.