Work progressing to plan on new reservoir scheme

A project to construct a new service reservoir for customers in parts of the Conwy Valley is progressing well says Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water as work to construct the its outer chamber gets underway.

The essential £8.5 million project will provide additional storage for treated water and benefit people living in Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Conwy Valley and the surrounding areas.

And to mark the milestone event in the project – which began in June - MP for Aberconwy, Guto Bebb, was given a behind the scenes look at the work on a recent visit to the site.

During his vist, Mr Bebb saw for himself the progress made to date on the project and also got to see the first pourings of concrete that will form the outer walls of the reservoir.

The project team also explained some of the engineering and logistical challenges they have faced which included access to the site and difficult ground conditions.

The storage capacity of the new service reservoir will play a vital role in ensuring the supply needs of customers in the area are met - particularly during high demand periods such as the holiday season. It will also help reduce the likelihood of those living at the extremities of the supply network suffering from low water pressure.

The new reservoir will comprise a partially buried concrete tank located in a field opposite Rhyd Ifan Farm, Colwyn Bay.

Jill Roberts, Welsh Water’s communications manager said: “While we still have a way to go yet with the project, we’re very pleased with the progress made to date. It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Bebb to the site to show him the work we’re doing here, and to be able to explain how the company’s investment programme is designed to improve services to customers.”

Speaking of his visit, Mr Bebb said: “It isn’t until you visit sites such as this where Welsh Water are working that you realise the enormity of the challenges of scheme like this and how they are tackled to ensure their delivery. I was grateful to have the opportunity to visit and look forward to being kept informed of further developments in the project.”

Accompanying Mr Bebb on the visit were Glan Conwy community councillor Dan Worsley and chairperson to the community council, Sue Edmondson.

During the planning of the project, Welsh Water liaised with Conwy County Council, and Environment Agency Wales. The company also held information days to provide local people with the chance to view the plans and to put any questions they had about the scheme to the project team.

Work on the project is expected to be completed in December 2013.

Welsh Water is investing heavily and working hard to ensure top quality services to all the communities it serves. The company is investing £1.5 billion in its water and sewerage network between 2010 and 2015.

It is a ‘not-for-profit company’ which has been owned by Glas Cymru since 2001. Welsh Water does not have shareholders, and any financial surpluses are reinvested in the business for the benefit of customers.

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