Here’s a rare sight – the inside of one of our oldest treated water reservoirs. This is Bracebridge Heath Reservoir, a 27 million litre covered reservoir serving Lincoln city which was completed in 1912. The tank is emptied every five years to be checked and we’re currently carrying out vital maintenance works before we put it back into service.
It was built over a century ago at the same time as the city’s iconic Westgate Water Tower in response to a tragic event in Lincoln’s history. In 1904 a Typhoid epidemic broke out as a result of contaminated water and 113 people died. After a public outcry the city’s officials and the waterboard commissioned a new treatment and storage network, much of which still survives today. While this reservoir is out of use we will be relying on another even larger tank nearby which was built in the 1970s.
Reaching the top of Middleton Top on my very foggy run last night and I came across the old train carriage looming out the darkness with an eerie red light adding to the spookiness! With my head torch adding to the mix and not wearing my hearing aids it could have been the set of a horror movie! Safe to say I didn’t hang around for long!