Bath Road Reservoir
Bath Road Reservoir is an underground reservoir complex in the town of Reading in the English county of Berkshire. It is located to the north-west of the Bath Road in West Reading, and covers an area of 5.38 acres. The complex comprises two underground reservoirs, covered entirely by vegetation, together with a water tower that is listed as a grade II listed building.
The reservoir was built in 1882 to supply drinking water to the growing town of Reading. It was originally an open reservoir, but was covered over in 1939 to protect it from pollution. The water tower was built in 1883, and is one of the oldest surviving water towers in the UK.
|Bath Road Reservoir / Photo don cload|
Bath Road Reservoir is no longer used to supply drinking water, but it is still an important part of Reading's water infrastructure. It is used to store water for irrigation and industrial purposes, and also helps to regulate the flow of water in the River Thames. The reservoir is also a popular spot for wildlife, and is home to a variety of birds, mammals, and amphibians. The vegetation that covers the reservoir provides a valuable habitat for these animals, and the reservoir itself is a popular feeding and breeding ground for many species of birds. In recent years, there have been plans to develop the Bath Road Reservoir site for housing. However, these plans have been met with opposition from local residents, who are concerned about the impact of development on the wildlife and the environment.