Ardsley reservoir :: Shared Description

Ardsley Reservoir (also known as East Ardsley, or Haigh Moor) is situated west of Wakefield.

This reservoir is unusual in that it is not an impounding reservoir (primarily fed by natural streams or rivers) but, in modern terminology, an "En-route Storage Reservoir" (ESR) meaning it holds water delivered from other sources, prior to treatment.

Constructed in 1880 for the Wakefield and District Water Board, it is fed mainly from the Board's upland reservoirs in the Ryburn Valley (Booth Wood, Baitings and Green Withens). Following the 1995/6 drought in Yorkshire, an emergency main was laid to feed the reservoir with water from underground aquifers in the east of the region in the event of a future water shortage.

The surface area is about 22.5 hectares; I have not managed to find a figure for its total capacity. The spillway is steep and non-stepped, and was lined with sprayed concrete in 2016 to prevent erosion.

Although it still supplies Wakefield with water, there is also a large private client: Coca-Cola, whose large bottling plant in Wakefield is supplied direct from this reservoir.

There is public access to a surfaced track around the perimeter of the reservoir.

by Stephen Craven
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SE2924 : Ardsley Reservoir: three valves by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: inlet treatment works by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: secondary inlet (1) by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: access road by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: secondary inlet (2) by Stephen Craven
SE3025 : St Michael's church, East Ardsley by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: access gate by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: principal inlet (1) by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: reservoir house by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: litter bins by Stephen Craven
SE2925 : Westerton Wood by Stephen Craven
SE2924 : Ardsley Reservoir: overflow weir by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: slipway? by Stephen Craven
SE2924 : Ardsley Reservoir: waves by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: piezometer by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: inlet weir by Stephen Craven
SE2924 : Ardsley Reservoir: spillway by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: car park by Stephen Craven
SE2924 : Ardsley Reservoir: fence round the overflow weir by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: water meter by Stephen Craven
SE2824 : Ardsley Reservoir: principal inlet (2) by Stephen Craven
SE2924 : Ardsley Reservoir: valve tower by Stephen Craven


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Created: Tue, 27 Mar 2018, Updated: Wed, 28 Mar 2018

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