Whitby’s future water supplies are set to be secured for future generations now that work on a large new service reservoir was begun on 6 February, 2017.

Work on the six million litre underground service reservoir, located off Castle Road near to Sneaton Castle is to be completed by next summer. The new reservoir will replace the current smaller one which is over one hundred years old and was built in 1910 and would not cope with predicted population growth.

The reservoir will store 6 million litres of quality treated water, which equates to around 2.2 Olympic size swimming pools worth of water.

Engineering contractors Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) have been engaged to carry out the £3.5M project on behalf of Yorkshire Water. The first order of business will be to demolish the existing reservoir to make space for the new one.

Yorkshire Water operates dozens of service reservoirs across the region which most people do not even know exist due to the fact that most of them are buried underground. The underground tanks are used to store treated drinking water before it is fed through to customers’ taps.

Yorkshire Water Project Manager Dave Ellis said: “We’re committed to providing our customers with some of the best drinking water in the world. This investment should ensure that our customers in Whitby continue to receive a secure supply and excellent water quality for another 80 years.

For eight weeks from 6 February, temporary traffic lights will be in place on Castle Road whilst we demolish the existing reservoir’s retaining wall and set up access to the site. All the site traffic will travel from the West, via the B1460, to avoid travelling through Whitby and a temporary speed limit of 40mph will be placed on Castle Road to allow vehicles to enter and exit the site safely. We’re sorry for any disruption the work and temporary speed restriction may cause.”

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