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Canal News – The Latest on Chasewater Dam

Chasewater Dam News

A hard task!

Feb 15th, 2012 by lizziethatcher

More than 100 tonnes of concrete is to be poured into Chasewater Reservoir to help support the 200-year-old dam.

The concrete will help control the flow of water when the reservoir is full. Repairs to the reservoir’s drawdown culvert (or plughole), have also been carried out.

County councillor Mark Winnington said: “This is the last major milestone in what has been a hugely successful and high profile project to restore one of the most popular country parks in the Midlands to its former glory.

“The county council has carried out vital safety improvements to the overflow to safeguard nearby residents in the event of severe flooding, which will enable us to monitor the condition of the dam much more closely in the future.

“The drawdown culvert – the equivalent of the plughole in a bath – was located and inspected for the first time in over 200 years. Vital improvements have now been made and the project is expected to be complete in the spring.”

Water levels have begun to rise again after the plug was replaced last October. It is expected to be refilled fully by spring 2013.A view from the train.

Chasewater Dam News – Pool Road temporarily opens

Chasewater Dam News

Pool Road temporarily opens

Dec 20th, 2011 by lizziethatcher

As you will be aware, due to the hazards associated with the construction works at the site, members of the public have been prevented access to most areas since November 2010 for their own safety.

However, because of the good progress that we have made, we are pleased to be able let you know that we are able to open Pool Road to pedestrians over the Christmas period. Galliford Try will be closing the construction site down for Christmas tomorrow (Wednesday 21 December) when they will be making arrangements for walkers to be able to cross the overflow bridge at the Nine Foot Pool, and so have access along the whole length of the eastern dam.

Unfortunately, we will have to close this access off again when we return to the site on Wednesday 4 January 2012 to enable us to complete the works in this area and will remain closed until completion of the works in the spring of 2012.

However, we hope that this temporary access will allow members of the public to enjoy use of the park over the Christmas break, and we ask that the safety requirements are again respected at the end of this Christmas period.

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December update

Dec 20th, 2011 by lizziethatcher

It might be getting colder by the day and the snow getting ever closer, but on the whole the weather has been very kind to us since the last update in November, and we have made excellent progress with the works.

We’ve finished the main works at the northern end of the embankment and removed everything from the north shore that was being used as a storage area.  The grass seed that was spread on the dam embankment is now starting to grow, and last week a team of volunteers has spread cuttings over the area behind the dam to provide a seed bank to encourage the growth of a heathland habitat come the spring.

The work to extend the stop board grooves in the ‘hidden chamber’ which will allow improved maintenance access to the valve chamber in the future is finished.

Water levels continue to rise and the inlet chamber is now completely submerged. There is still a concrete cover slab to cast at the canal basin which will be done in the New Year – otherwise, our work in that area is complete.

That leaves the works in the Nine Foot Pool. The casting of the concrete spillway slab was originally programmed for the New Year. But we have taken advantage of the weather conditions and brought that forward and were able to cast the final section last week, completing that work.

Concreting work can be difficult in the winter as ideally, temperatures have to be above freezing and rising for new concrete to be placed, otherwise the frost can seriously damage the fresh concrete.

We can now be reasonably certain of completing the Redirock retaining walls around the spillway early in the New Year as this operation is not adversely affected by cold conditions.

The last items of concreting work on the project are the headwalls to the overflow pipes and the main weir in front of the spillway, all of which are planned for the New Year, weather permitting.

Finally, could we, the Chasewater project and site team, thank you all very much for your continuing patience and understanding over the past year. We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and very much look forward to handing Chasewater back to you soon after the New Year.

The latest Chasewater Dam News – including, Inside the Dam

To thoroughly investigate the pipe/culvert that runs through the dam, the engineering team sent a camerabot into the pipe and took what we believe is the first even film footage of the inside of the dam!

The footage reveals a hidden chamber the team was unaware of before, a working penstock and a broken penstock. Enjoy!

Lots of you have been asking (including Brownhills Bob) about whether Pool Road which runs across the top of the dam will now be open.

As I said to Stefan (a regular commenter on the blog), I need to refer to colleagues at the county council for answers to your questions, so sometimes they take a little longer to answer – thanks for your patience!

The county team has now come back to me and explained that whilst the plug has gone back in, the road won’t be open til the works are complete (early/mid next year), and said to thank you for your patience.

The team at the county are also pulling together some information about the next steps in the project to keep you all up to date on what to expect next.

Cheers and have a lovely weekend!


For more news go to the link in the blogroll – ‘Chasewater Dam News’

Chasewater Reservoir starting to refill

The 200-year-old reservoir at the heart of Chasewater Country Park was drained of water in early 2010 amid concerns for the safety of the dam which dates back to 1797.

To read the full article go to ‘Chasewater Dam News’ on the blogroll – home page.

More new Museum items – but smaller

Small items new to the catalogue.

Eventually we hope to photograph all of the artefacts in the Museum.  This week we have photographed several more items which have been marked with the railway companys’  logos or initials.  So, just for a change, I thought I would post some of them.

Two small paperweights – one GWR and the other LNER

Two small cardboard boxes, marked GWR, formerly containing half a gross (72)  pen nibs. Not the same as collecting steam locomotives but it’s better to save them than to throw them away!Essential railway equipment – an LNWR bottle opener!Another essential item – a GWR teaspoon.

A quick update on the Chasewater Dam news;

Here’s our weekly update  …

1.  We’ve started drilling boreholes in areas we couldn’t get to before.
2. We’ve been digging trial pits in swampy areas.

Next week …

1. Cabins are set to arrive on site
2. Bog mats are set to arrive
3. We’ll be laying hard surface in the compound area and putting up fences etc.

So, we’re all systems go for works to start on site in earnest next week.

From Lizzie Thatcher

Chasewater Dam

Our visitors are asking more and questions about the water level in Chasewater. The short answer is that a considerable amount of work needs to be carried out on the dam in the next year or so and the water level has to be lowered to enable this to go ahead.

I have added a link to the section of the Lichfield Blog where the latest news will be published.

Click on ‘Chasewater Dam News’