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Work to preserve reservoir
2:33pm Monday 11th March 2013 in News
VITAL safety work to ensure the future of a 100 year old reservoir is being carried out as part of a major modernization scheme by Yorkshire Water.
The work at Leighton reservoir, near Masham, will take nine months but the company say the repair and modernization programme is needed to ensure flood flows do not erode the reservoir embankment leading to dam failure.
Engineering specialists will be carrying out the work on part of the 450 metre long and 39 metre high embankment of the reservoir which holds over 5 million cubic metres of water.
Tim Dyke, Yorkshire Water’s Project Manager said: "It's vital that we carry out this work at Leighton reservoir in order to ensure it meets the very highest safety standards and continues to perform its role effectively. We will try to keep any disruption to local residents and site users to an absolute minimum."