We've been working since February 2017 to secure water supplies in Whitby by building a large new service reservoir.
We are replacing an underground service reservoir, which is located off Castle Road near to Sneaton Castle, with a larger one that will cope with predicted population growth.
We currently operate dozens of these reservoirs across the region - though it’s unlikely customers will have seen many of them as most are buried underground. Varying in size, these underground tanks are used to store treated drinking water before it's fed through to customers’ taps. Many have been in operation between 25 and 100 years and whilst they are regularly maintained, this investment will enable us to also improve the quality of water Whitby customers' receive.
Three of these service reservoirs are located at the Castle Road site. The one that will be replaced is over one hundred years old and was built in 1910.
Engineering specialists Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) are carrying out the project and their first job involves demolishing the existing reservoir to make space for the new one.
When complete in summer 2018 the reservoir will store 6 million litres of quality treated water. To put this into perspective, an Olympic size swimming pool holds 2.5 million litres of water.
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.