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Weetwood Waterworks

Covered service reservoir and water treatment works.

Originally constructed in 1843 for the Leeds Waterworks Company as an open storage reservoir receiving water from Eccup reservoir via the Blackmoor Tunnel and Seven Arches aqueduct. From this reservoir, water was initially sent down to the service reservoir at Woodhouse Moor. This supply chain replaced the earlier supply pumped up to the city of Leeds from the River Aire at Pitfall Mills, an arrangement dating from the last years of the 18th century. In 1860 and in 1873, the open reservoir was converted into filter beds, partly in response to the expanding water supply infrastructure including the North Lane pumping station in Headingley. More recently, the water treatment functions at Weetwood have been modernised and currently (2018), the water storage capacity is significantly less than in the past, the site acting predominantly as a treatment and distribution facility.

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Key Words :- water supply service reservoir filter beds
Address :- Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5LG
Grid Ref :- SE 2725 3748
Co-ordinates :- Lat - 53.832869 , Long - -1.587435
Local Authority :- Leeds Council
Pre 1974 County :- Yorkshire - West Riding
Site Condition :- Operational site, in use for original purpose
Site Status :- Site extant - Protected status unknown
Site Dates :- 1843 -