Welsh Water to invest in adopted reservoirs

Welsh Water is starting improvement works on two reservoirs near Cardiff which it acquired earlier in the year.

The utility bought Llanishen and Lisvane reservoirs, which had previously supplied steelworks in the area and were owned by CELSA UK, in January 2016.

Over the course of the coming months, Welsh Water will carry out essential maintenance and remediation work on the various component parts of the reservoirs, including valves, water run-off channels, chamber covers and the stonework of the dam.

The work will also include tree and foliage clearance around the site. In planning this part of the work, the company has consulted with Natural Resources Wales and the local authority who have agreed with the approach to carry out the work after the bird nesting season is over.

Welsh Water director of procurement and estates Sian Robinson said: “We’ve already made some good progress at the site but over the course of the coming months, the level of activity linked to our work will noticeably increase.

“There has been limited work undertaken in recent years to manage tree and foliage growth at the site which means it has gone largely unchecked across much of the site. This has restricted access to some of the component parts which are essential for operating a reservoir safely so it’s important we clear them and restore access.

“We appreciate that this kind of work can be disruptive and we would like to thank local residents in advance for bearing with us.”

To ensure the next stage of work can be carried out safely the company is now restricting access to the site temporarily. To help manage this, the company will be reinstating the perimeter fence around the site which over the years has eroded or been vandalised in places. In the short term, temporary fencing will be used to maintain safety while the company reviews options for a longer term fence solution.

Robinson added: “We realise that temporarily prohibiting access will not be popular with everyone but our priority must be to ensure that members of the public, our colleagues and contractors remain safe at all times, therefore, we would ask that people kindly respect this. Please be assured however that we are committed to enabling public access as soon as our work is complete and it is safe to do so.”

Reservoir Action Group chair Richard Cowie said: “There is obviously a lot of work to be done at the site over the course of the coming months but it has been encouraging to see the plans for this come together and the work get underway. It is the culmination of RAG’s 15 year campaign to see the site protected for future generations to enjoy.

“We appreciate that that there is a need to restrict access in the short term for the work to be done safely and we would urge people to respect this so that Welsh Water can complete the work as quickly as possible and then once again open the site to the public.”

This article first appeared on wwtonline