Glan Conwy reservoir to protect water supplies
A new £9m reservoir under construction in the Conwy Valley will help protect water supplies to 70,000 homes, says Welsh Water.
The Coed Dolwyd site in Glan Conwy is now almost halfway through being built.
The concrete tanks will hold 25-megalitres of water - equivalent to 10 full Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The utility firm says the new facility will provide a full 24 hour supply of drinking water to the area.
Welsh Water says it is investing in the new reservoir due to ever-changing demands on the water system covering the coastal resort of Llandudno, and the towns of Conwy and Colwyn Bay.
"If everyone is out watering over a summer weekend, we do see peak demand that draws on the system," said Martin Hennessey, who is a director at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru.
"This will give us appropriate amount of storage and resilience for this system."
COED DOLWYD FACTS:
- Capacity: 25 megalitres
- Cost: £9m
- Rubble cleared: 3,000 cubic metres
- Water supply capacity: 24 hours
The project got underway last summer, and should be finished by December this year.
Workers have been building the concrete tanks to hold the water and laying more than a kilometre of pipes further up the valley.
"We are really pleased with the progress that the team has made so far," said project manager, Paul Hunter.
"We are over halfway through the construction phase and the pipeline route is almost complete.
"We have 65 people working on site - and are proud to say that over 75% of these have been recruited locally."