SE4418 : Ackworth Water Tower

taken 11 years ago, near to High Ackworth, Wakefield, Great Britain

Ackworth Water Tower
Ackworth Water Tower
As the village of Ackworth grew significantly in the 1970s with several large new housing developments, water pressure became a problem. The solution was to give Ackworth a water tower of its own. Previously the water tower at Pontefract had provided the pressure regulating facility, but Pontefract too had seen significant housing development and some parts of Ackworth were literally on the end of the line, about 5 miles from the Pontefract tower.

Ackworth Water Tower is located at the top of Castle Syke Hill, just off the A628 Pontefract Road. The immediate effect of the pressure improvement was a series of mains bursts over many months all the way down the water main under the A628 as it ran through Ackworth. The water main had obviously deteriorated over time but the low pressure had concelaed the problem. Any repair cascaded the problem to the next weakest point. Eventually a full water main renewal, at considerable discruption to local traffic, was the solution.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 11 February, 2007   (more nearby)
Friday, 16 February, 2007
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 447 189 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:39.8808N 1:19.4993W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 446 189
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