“Thirlmere – Washing Sieve”


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Thirlmere aqueduct is the longest aqueduct in Britain. It transports water 153km from Thirlmere reservoir in the Cumbrian hills to Manchester. It can carry up to 227m litres of water a day. Both the aqueduct and reservoir opened in 1894 after 4 years construction work. Thirlmere is the longest gravity-fed aqueduct in Britain – there are no pumps along the route. Water flows at about 6km an hour and takes just over a day to reach the city. The aqueduct runs in tunnels for around 80km and through cast iron pipes for another 72km.

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