ONE of Yorkshire’s oldest reservoirs is to undergo a major revamp to prevent risk of flooding.
Yorkshire Water will replace the old overflow system at Yateholme reservoir in Holmfirth with work set to start early this month.
Engineering specialists Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) will build a new state-of-the-art spillway to replace the current ageing structure which dates back to 1878.
People living nearby may be disrupted as during the construction phase contractors will use Woodhead Road to get construction vehicles to and from the site.
There will also be limited access on Holme Wood Lane and Kiln Bent Road.
Tim Dyke, Yorkshire Water’s Project Manager for the scheme, said: “Clearly this work is vital but at the same time, as a responsible landowner, we’re doing everything we can to ensure the new structure befits the local environment using the best products and skilled engineers.
“We do try to keep any disruption to local residents and site users to an absolute minimum and we’d like to once again reassure all interested parties that we’ll do everything we can to complete this work as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“Upgrading our reservoir sites is essential work and will enable us to maintain the highest safety standards and continue to safeguard the high quality water supply to the region for many years to come.”
Yorkshire Water say they will be using a special type of precast concrete which will fit in with the surrounding environment.
Yorkshire Water and its contract partners will not need access to any properties during the work and is advising local residents to be vigilant about bogus callers, reminding them to ask to see identification if they are in any doubt.
The work is part of Yorkshire Water’s £60m reservoir refurbishment projects across the county.