South West Water Collection

Collection Owner: South West Water
Official dynamiting marks the start of  work on the Avon Dam
Official dynamiting marks the start of work on the Avon Dam

At the start of work on the Avon Dam, officials stand around the planned top water level marker
At the start of work on the Avon Dam, officials stand around the planned top water level marker

Start of work on Avon Dam, showing officials standing near top water level marker and the first clod
Start of work on Avon Dam, showing officials standing near top water level marker and the first clod

View of site and early work on Avon Dam
View of site and early work on Avon Dam

View of site and early work on Avon Dam
View of site and early work on Avon Dam

Early construction of the Avon dam wall.
Early construction of the Avon dam wall.

Early construction of the Avon dam wall
Early construction of the Avon dam wall

Early construction of the Avon dam wall
Early construction of the Avon dam wall

Early construction of the Avon dam
Early construction of the Avon dam

Early construction of the Avon dam
Early construction of the Avon dam

Early construction of the foundations of the filtration plant
Early construction of the foundations of the filtration plant

Aerial view of the Avon Dam from downstream.
Aerial view of the Avon Dam from downstream.

Aerial view of the Avon Dam from upstream.
Aerial view of the Avon Dam from upstream.

Early construction of the filtration plant at Shipley
Early construction of the filtration plant at Shipley

Building the walls of the filtration plant at Shipley
Building the walls of the filtration plant at Shipley

Early construction of the filtration plant at Shipley
Early construction of the filtration plant at Shipley

Picture of the people associated with the building of the Avon Dam taken on site.
Picture of the people associated with the building of the Avon Dam taken on site.

Part of the flooded valley around Sheepstor bridge.
Part of the flooded valley around Sheepstor bridge.

Sheepstor Bridge
Sheepstor Bridge

Sheepstor Bridge
Sheepstor Bridge

Area of the Burrator Dam
Area of the Burrator Dam

Area of the Burrator Dam
Area of the Burrator Dam

Gathering of spectators for the start of work on the Burrator Reservoir
Gathering of spectators for the start of work on the Burrator Reservoir

Gathering of spectators and labourers for the start of work on the Burrator Reservoir
Gathering of spectators and labourers for the start of work on the Burrator Reservoir

Fishing feast
Fishing feast

Early construction of the filtration plant at Shipley
Early construction of the filtration plant at Shipley

Early construction of the filtration plant at Shipley
Early construction of the filtration plant at Shipley

Lord Mayor Bond at the Fishing Feast
Lord Mayor Bond at the Fishing Feast

Gathering for the start of work on the Burrator Reservoir
Gathering for the start of work on the Burrator Reservoir

The start of work on the Burrator Reservoir
The start of work on the Burrator Reservoir

Start of work on the Burrator Reservoir
Start of work on the Burrator Reservoir

Beginning work on the foundations of Burrator dam
Beginning work on the foundations of Burrator dam

Early work on Burrator Reservoir
Early work on Burrator Reservoir

Early work on Burrator Reservoir
Early work on Burrator Reservoir

Work on the Burrator Reservoir
Work on the Burrator Reservoir

Work on the Burrator Reservoir
Work on the Burrator Reservoir

Work on the Burrator reservoir
Work on the Burrator reservoir

Work on the Burrator reservoir
Work on the Burrator reservoir

Constructing the reservoir at Burrator: the diverted leat
Constructing the reservoir at Burrator: the diverted leat

Constructing the reservoir at Burrator: the diverted leat
Constructing the reservoir at Burrator: the diverted leat

Constructing the reservoir at Burrator: culverts
Constructing the reservoir at Burrator: culverts

Constructing the foundations of the reservoir at Burrator.
Constructing the foundations of the reservoir at Burrator.

A fissure in the construction of the Burrator dam.
A fissure in the construction of the Burrator dam.

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

Constructing the Burrator dam
Constructing the Burrator dam

The Burrator Dam nearing completion
The Burrator Dam nearing completion

Royal Naval divers helping repair a jammed valve at the Burrator Reservoir
Royal Naval divers helping repair a jammed valve at the Burrator Reservoir

Royal Naval divers working on a  jammed valve at the Burrator Reservoir
Royal Naval divers working on a jammed valve at the Burrator Reservoir

Royal Naval divers working on a  jammed valve at the Burrator Reservoir
Royal Naval divers working on a jammed valve at the Burrator Reservoir

Royal Naval divers working on a  jammed valve at the Burrator Reservoir
Royal Naval divers working on a jammed valve at the Burrator Reservoir

Opening of the raised Burrator Dam in 1928
Opening of the raised Burrator Dam in 1928

Opening of the raised Burrator Dam in 1928
Opening of the raised Burrator Dam in 1928

Opening of the raised Burrator Dam in 1928
Opening of the raised Burrator Dam in 1928

Work on enlarging the Burrator reservoir in October 1927
Work on enlarging the Burrator reservoir in October 1927

Work on the Burrator dam nearing completion
Work on the Burrator dam nearing completion

Work on enlarging the Burrator reservoir, showing the suspension bridge which carried traffic to She
Work on enlarging the Burrator reservoir, showing the suspension bridge which carried traffic to She

Constructing the foundations of the Sheepstor dam
Constructing the foundations of the Sheepstor dam

Working on the Sheepstor dam
Working on the Sheepstor dam

Camp for workers on the Sheepstor dam
Camp for workers on the Sheepstor dam

Constructing the Sheepstor dam
Constructing the Sheepstor dam

Constructing the Sheepstor dam
Constructing the Sheepstor dam

Constructing the Sheepstor dam
Constructing the Sheepstor dam

Laying the railway track at Sheepstor Dam
Laying the railway track at Sheepstor Dam

The railway track at Sheepstor dam
The railway track at Sheepstor dam

The completed Sheepstor dam
The completed Sheepstor dam

Burrator Reservoir from Sheeps Tor
Burrator Reservoir from Sheeps Tor

Burrator Reservoir in the drought of 1959
Burrator Reservoir in the drought of 1959

Burrator Reservoir in the drought of 1959
Burrator Reservoir in the drought of 1959

The cracked reservoir bed of Burrator Reservoir in the drought of 1959
The cracked reservoir bed of Burrator Reservoir in the drought of 1959

Aerial view of Burrator Reservoir in the 1959 drought.
Aerial view of Burrator Reservoir in the 1959 drought.

Exposed tree roots on the reservoir bed at Fernworthy Reservoir during the drought of 1959
Exposed tree roots on the reservoir bed at Fernworthy Reservoir during the drought of 1959

The remaining water channel at Fernworthy Reservoir during the drought of 1959
The remaining water channel at Fernworthy Reservoir during the drought of 1959

The drop in water level at Fernworthy Reservoir during the 1975 drought
The drop in water level at Fernworthy Reservoir during the 1975 drought

The exposed reservoir bed at Fernworthy reservoir during the drought of 1975
The exposed reservoir bed at Fernworthy reservoir during the drought of 1975

The effects of the 1975 drought at Kennick reservoir
The effects of the 1975 drought at Kennick reservoir

The effects of the 1975 drought at Tottiford reservoir
The effects of the 1975 drought at Tottiford reservoir

The effects of the 1975 drought at Trenchford reservoir
The effects of the 1975 drought at Trenchford reservoir

The effects of the 1975 drought at Trenchford reservoir
The effects of the 1975 drought at Trenchford reservoir

The effects of the 1975 drought at Venford reservoir
The effects of the 1975 drought at Venford reservoir

Venford house? Brentmoor House?
Venford house? Brentmoor House?

Bridge over the Meldon river before the building of the Meldon reservoir.
Bridge over the Meldon river before the building of the Meldon reservoir.

Aerial view of the West Okement valley looking from the British Railways quarry in a southerly direc
Aerial view of the West Okement valley looking from the British Railways quarry in a southerly direc

 Aerial view of existing gauge weir on West Okement at Vellake, in a southerly direction.
Aerial view of existing gauge weir on West Okement at Vellake, in a southerly direction.

View of the West Okement valley from Meldon Village
View of the West Okement valley from Meldon Village

View of the existing West Okement intake and reaches of the valley from the Black Tor area
View of the existing West Okement intake and reaches of the valley from the Black Tor area

View of the West Okement valley from just north of British Railway's quarry
View of the West Okement valley from just north of British Railway's quarry

Existing gauge weir in West Okement at Vellake
Existing gauge weir in West Okement at Vellake

Vellake gauge weir, near Meldon.
Vellake gauge weir, near Meldon.

Formal opening of the Meldon Reservoir on 22nd September, 1972
Formal opening of the Meldon Reservoir on 22nd September, 1972