Welsh Water has announced that they have acquired Llanishen Reservoir as well as Lisvane Reservoir, meaning that the future of the beauty spot looks secure.
Welsh Water has secured a 999 year lease for the reservoirs and the surrounding land from CELSA UK. The future of the two reservoirs has been in doubt for 10 years after Western Power Distribution bought the sites. They intended to use Lisvane reservoir for its Cardiff steel plant.
The new deal will allow recreational activities to take place on the reservoirs, in addition to its use as a water supply. CELSA UK will also be able to take water from Lisvane Reservoir.
The lease, whilst allowing Welsh Water to use both reservoirs for water supply and recreational purposes, will also enable CELSA UK to continue to take its water supply from Lisvane reservoir.
Richard Cowie, chairman of the Reservoir Action Group said:
“The Group is absolutely delighted to hear that Llanishen and Lisvane reservoirs have been acquired by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.
“We look forward to working with Welsh Water so that the site can eventually reopen for public access and this much loved Cardiff beauty spot can be enjoyed once again.”
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water chief executive, Chris Jones, hailed the move as “a truly sustainable solution for the site”.