Category Archives: Water Business

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:



The Power of Snow

This morning, snow covered the World of Water Field Centre and the weight of it on the bare tree branches brought some of them crashing to the ground, one narrowly missing the car – ah the power of Water!

Amidst today’s equally snowy news from Chester and the one and only John C. Jones, was a link to the weightly and powerful SWANSEA TIDAL LAGOON project – a neat video-clip can be accessed via the ‘FILM’ tab on the project’s website.

We are just changing our site and mail server but nipping in before our two day downtime was a mail from Turbine King, Paul Hales who’s water turbine results seem to be matching his water’s flow-speed, sure and steady. We are all having a lot of fun doing whatever we can to help.

Today is World Water Day, so let’s make a splash and celebrate this essential under-loved resource. Clean Water is not guaranteed and we need to stand together to make sure that it’s not contaminated by fracking activities, neglect of supply infrastructure, agricultural run-off, industrial mismanagement and outdated attitudes. We can do all that’s needed to ensure a clean water environment if we wise-up and develop new ways to tackle global water abuse. Those new cleaner ways need support from everyone. Accept the challenge and always be part of the solution.