The Rochdale beauty spot, Hollingworth Lake is soon to be improved to the tune of £1.25 million through an improvement scheme.
We have to do safety improvement work on the 200-year-old reservoir to make sure the water levels can be drawn down quickly if there is heavy rainfall or in an emergency situation.
Throughout the project Hollingworth Lake will remain open for business, and the work will ensure future generations of visitors can continue to enjoy the amenity.
A public exhibition is planned at the Hollingworth visitor centre in the next few weeks with details about the proposed engineering works, which are expected to begin this autumn. Work is likely to take around four months to complete.
The water level in the lake was dropped to 2.5 metres below the top level in preparation for the work to begin. We also liaised with the lake users and the Friends of Hollingworth Lake to make sure the sailing and other water sports activities could continue while the water levels are lower.
Hollingworth Lake has never been part of the drinking water supply network. It was built in 1800 by the Rochdale Canal company to maintain water levels in the canal and that is still the main purpose of the lake. Under the Reservoirs Act, United Utilities has a responsibility to maintain the lake in a good state.
All 193 reservoirs that we own and operate are inspected on a regular basis – some every day. Once every 10 years, a statutory inspection is carried out by an independent expert and it was such an inspection that identified the need for the work at Hollingworth Lake.