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Local water storage tanks

On Sun 22 Nov at 12:38pm David2 wrote:
Dotted around Lewes are what I call reservoirs but what I suspect are actually called something like water storage tanks (reservoirs being reserved for big lakes). Every time I walk past one it stirs an interest in knowing more about them. However Google searches are unsuccessful for various reasons. Does anyone know of a map of them or of the water system in Lewes that can be found online? Also what is the proper name of them, which would help in a search.
On Sun 22 Nov at 7:49pm David Stanley wrote:
Is it acquifer?
On Sun 22 Nov at 11:35pm Tom Pain wrote:
There's one behind the chalk pits near Offham and one at the back of Hawkenberry Way. Aquifers are natural, at least they used to be. Put your boots on and walk the hills, it's exhilarating and look for them. They're bound to be up high so gravity does the work. There's a Royal Observer Corps. station on the downs as well, but it's hard to find. You won't see anything on line worth finding, but there's a real world out in the countryside that's so much more interesting.
On Mon 23 Nov at 8:36am David2 wrote:
Thanks Tom. It is when I am walking past them that I wonder about the network. I assume Southern Water will have an internal map but, as you say, little to be found on the WWW.
David - Aquifer is only used for natural reservoirs formed by the ground structure, but a good guess.
On Mon 23 Nov at 11:27am Horseman7 wrote:
It certainly used to be that some reservoirs were in fact nuclear bunkers in disguise. These tend to manifest themselves on OS maps as "depot" or just a blank bit of land. I can think of one such installation in Lewes.
On Mon 23 Nov at 7:38pm Tom Pain wrote:
It's tiny H, probably WW2. I found it a long time ago, someone careless had forgotten to lock it! As to it's whereabouts....strictly hush hush.

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