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Elan Valley Water Scheme, Birmingham Corporation Waterworks, Cwm Elan

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NPRN96459
Map ReferenceSN96SW
Grid ReferenceSN9100064000
Unitary (Local) AuthorityPowys
Old CountyRadnorshire
CommunityRhayader
Type Of SiteWATER SUPPLY SITE
PeriodModern
Description
The dams, reservoirs, tunnels and 117 km aqueduct (nprn 95469) of the Elan Valley Water Scheme in mid-Wales were built to supply clean water to the city of Birmingham in the English midlands. Construction of this ambitious civil engineering project in the rugged terrain of mid-Wales lasted in total for thirteen years, from 1893 to 1906. The work was substantially complete when the scheme was officially opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra on 21 July 1904. The scheme is still supplying Birmingham's water: it was expanded in the mid-twentieth century by the construction of another dam (nprn 261844) on the Claerwen river, thus doubling the capacity of the original scheme to 345.5 million litres of water per day.

B.A.Malaws, RCAHMW, 24 November 2003.
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