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Catchment Management

Local MP tours £1.9 million investment at Graincliffe reservoir

Shipley MP Philip Davies has toured our £1.9million investment project at Graincliffe reservoir, near Eldwick, this week to learn more about the exciting project. 

Graincliffe reservoir was built in 1885 and stores water that is piped using aqueducts from Scar House and Lower Barden reservoirs. The water is held at Graincliffe reservoir before it is treated at the water treatment works and supplied as drinking water to Bingley, Baildon, Riddlesden, Otley, Heaton, Ilkley, Addingham and in some cases Keighley. 

The project at Graincliffe reservoir, which when it’s full can hold enough water to fill 170 Olympic sized swimming pools, involves upgrading the spillways that protect the reservoir embankment from flood erosion and safely divert the excess water flows away from the site. Graincliffe has three spillways and these overflow structures are used to control water flows downstream of the reservoir. They are used when the reservoir is full so floodwater can pass safely and in a controlled way downstream so water does not overtop the dam.

After the visit, Philip Davies MP said: "It was a pleasure to see at first hand the investment Yorkshire Water has put into our local reservoir serving local communities around Bingley to ensure reliable supply of water and to help alleviate the chances of future flooding locally.

"The workmanship is first class and this investment is brilliant news for the local community"

This £1.9million engineering project will take until the end of November 2017 to complete.     

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