Waskerley Reservoir

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Waskerley Reservoir
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Waskerley Reservoir
Location County Durham, England
Coordinates 54°47′35″N 1°57′55″W / 54.79306°N 1.96528°W / 54.79306; -1.96528
Type reservoir
Catchment area 15 km2 (5.8 sq mi)[1]
Managing agency Northumbrian Water
Max. depth 24.3 m (80 ft)[1]
Water volume 2.0 million cubic metres (1,600 acre·ft)[1]
Surface elevation 355 m (1,165 ft) asl

Waskerley Reservoir is the largest of a group of three reservoirs located on Muggleswick Common, County Durham, the others being Smiddy Shaw and Hisehope Reservoirs.

The reservoir, which was constructed in 1877, is owned and operated by Northumbrian Water.[2] It and Smiddy Shaw—which in turn is fed by Hisehope—feed water under gravity to a water treatment works at Honey Hill.[3] Because the three reservoirs cannot meet the full demand of Honey Hill, Waskerley can be replenished by a gravity feed from Burnhope Reservoir or, if necessary, by pumping water from the Tyne-Tees Tunnel via an airshaft.[3]

Waskerley and its two neighbouring reservoirs are located within the Muggleswick, Stanhope and Edmundbyers Commons and Blanchland Moor Site of Special Scientific Interest, which itself forms part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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  1. ^ a b c "British Dam Society - Durham Conference 2006" (PDF). British Dam Society. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Waskerley, Smiddyshaw, Hisehope (pdf downloadable at "Our region". Northumbrian Water. Retrieved 11 February 2011. )
  3. ^ a b "Final Water Resources Management Plan 2010-2035". Northumbrian Water Ltd. Retrieved 3 February 2011. )