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Catchment Management

Essential safety work to begin at Stubden reservoir

Yorkshire Water will start an essential safety project this month at Stubden reservoir, located off Long Causeway in Denholme, Bradford.

The £1.5m investment will ensure the 145 year old reservoir continues to meet the standards of the Reservoirs Act 1975.

Engineering specialists, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), are carrying out this work on behalf of the company, which is expected to take around 12 months to complete, depending upon ground and weather conditions.

They will be making improvements to the reservoir spillway. The spillway, or overflow structure, is used to control water flows into the downstream area. The work is required to ensure that the overflow continues to effectively protect the reservoir embankment from flood erosion by safely diverting excess flows away from the site.

Stubden reservoir is one of the sources of raw water for the company’s Chellow Heights water treatment works, where it is treated and put into supply. The treatment works provides clean water to every home in Bradford along with surrounding towns and villages including parts of Mirfield, Morley and Brighouse.

During the next few weeks, nearby residents and passers-by may notice the site being set up and investigations being carried out. In late October, MMB will set up their site compound and welfare facilities.

There will be an increase in construction traffic off Main Road (The A629) and into the site but the company are making improvements to the site entrance in order to minimise any impacts on the road. The project also requires the use of a tower crane which will be erected early-mid December. Due to the height of the tower crane, it is likely to be visible across the landscape.

Dave Ellis, Yorkshire Water Project Manager, comments: “We'd like to thank local residents in advance for their patience during this essential safety project.

“Please be assured we'll do our best to keep disruption to a minimum and hope that residents and visitors will bear with us, as this work will ensure the safety of the reservoir.”

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