ONE of South Yorkshire’s oldest reservoirs is being given a facelift as part of a £60 million scheme of maintenance work across the region.
Ingbirchworth Reservoir, near Barnsley, is undergoing five months of repairs from next Tuesday, including maintenance work on its spillway and embankment.
The work follows an £8 million project launched by Yorkshire Water in February to overhaul nearby Ingbirchworth Water Treatment Works, which will be fitted with equipment allowing it to remove pesticides and treat raw water more effectively.
The reservoir opened in 1868, while the treatment centre was completed in 1990, supplying local residents with 22 million litres of water every day.
Walkers and nature enthusiasts visit the reservoir regularly to take in the views and spot wildlife.
Footpaths will be open around the site at all times, but for safety reasons Annat Royd Lane is being closed from Tuesday, May 3 until the project is finished.
Yorkshire Water also says customers shouldn’t be alarmed by a fall in the reservoir level - water has been pumped out to ensure the safety of contractors.
John Bond, from Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team, said: “We’re committed to doing everything we possibly can to ensure that, while our work is ongoing at the site, visitors continue to enjoy a pleasurable and undisturbed experience at one of South Yorkshire’s top beauty spots.”
A planning application has also been submitted to create a new waste water treatment works in the area.
Yorkshire Water is currently spending £60 million on upgrading reservoirs in the region, and is reminding residents to beware of bogus callers visiting their homes while the work is completed.
Visit www.yorkshirewater.com/reservoirs for more information.