BNM Alliance / Severn Trent work on Elan reservoir water supply pipeline to Birmingham


Read news on Kate Green’s ‘Walking the Pipe’ 

Discover the hidden remains of the pipeline’s survey techniques used by engineers

A short flow from our field centre, BNM Alliance and Severn Trent are busy replacing parts of the original pipeline supplying Birmingham with water from the Elan Valley reservoirs, and local Engineering Surveyor, Charlie Price, arranged for us to visit the workings at Bleddfa.

Thank you very much Charlie – that’s one BIG engineering project! It’s #waterheritage in the making.

Here’s some pictures of the massive rock-hewn hole that shows the depth of the original pipeline. At the bottom of this crisply carved rock room, the new tunnel is being drilled to house the replacement pipeline: