SN7987 : Temporary drinking water abstraction mechanism, Llyn Llygad Rheidol

taken 6 months ago, near to Llyn Llygad Rheidol [water Feature], Ceredigion, Great Britain

Temporary drinking water abstraction mechanism, Llyn Llygad Rheidol
Temporary drinking water abstraction mechanism, Llyn Llygad Rheidol
The small reservoir on the north side of Pumlumon Fawr is the major source of drinking water for Aberystwyth. After prolonged drought in the summer of 2018, the water levels have dropped several metres, and it seems water is being collected from the centre of the lake using a makeshift contraption made from sections of flexible pipe. Fortunately, we were rained on heavily at the end of this walk, so the arrangement wouldn't have been necessary for much longer.
Drinking water supply for north Ceredigion :: SN6886
North Ceredigion is supplied with drinking water through the water works at Bont-goch SN6886, which are fed with raw water from the Llyn Llygad Rheidol LinkExternal link and Llyn Craig-y-pistyll LinkExternal link reservoirs. The supply is supplemented by stream abstractions from the Maesnant LinkExternal link and the Nant y Moch LinkExternal link as well as two groundwater bore holes near Lovesgrove SN6281.

Llyn Llygad Rheidol is a natural lake in a glacial hollow on the north face of Pumlumon Fawr which has been dammed to increase capacity. Aberystwyth Town Council, then responsible for water supply to the town, built a 16-mile pipeline to transport untreated water from Llyn Llygad Rheidol directly to Aberystwyth in the 1870s.

The separate Aberystwyth Rural District Council, serving the villages of north Ceredigion, took a water supply from the Afon Leri, regulated by their dam at Llyn Craig-y-pistyll. They also built the treatment works at Bont-goch in 1939.

The two local authorities had begun to make joint plans when the responsibility for the water supply was transferred to the new Cardiganshire Water Board in 1962. In 1967, the water board built a new pipeline connecting the two reservoirs, siphoned around the base of the Nant-y-moch hydroelectric reservoir, which had been built between 1957 and 1961. This new pipeline replaced the old direct one to Aberystwyth to allow processing of all drinking water at Bont-goch. LinkExternal link

The water from the two small reservoirs is generally sufficient to supply the needs of north Ceredigion. Dŵr Cymru, the publicly owned water company now in charge of water supply to the area, has a drought plan which establishes that the supply would be topped up by transfers from Nant-y-moch directly into the pipeline linking the two drinking water reservoirs using a temporary installation during a severe drought LinkExternal link . This has not been necessary to date.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 9 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 6 November, 2018
Geographical Context
Uplands  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Water resources  Air, Sky, Weather  Moorland 
Primary Subject of Photo
Reservoir 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 7913 8775 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:28.4554N 3:46.8583W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 7908 8786
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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