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Explore the history of Exeter’s water supply: Pynes Water Treatment Works

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Pynes Water Treatment Works

Upton Pyne

Exeter

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Delve into the history of Exeter’s water supply with a behind the scenes tour of Pynes Water Treatment Works.

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Pynes was built in 1833 in response to Exeter's devastating cholera outbreak which claimed the lives of 440 people. The tragedy led to dramatic changes in water treatment processes and the city's water treatment processes being moved from Exe Street near the city centre to the less polluted Pynes Leat.

As part of this year’s National Heritage Open Day programme, visitors will be greeted by South West Water's water quality experts for a presentation on the history of the water supply and a guided tour of the fully operational site with staff wearing period costumes to add extra atmosphere to the proceedings.

South West Water’s Scientific and Water Quality Manager Chris Rockey said: “Exeter’s water supply has a fascinating 185-year history. These days, people quite rightly take the supply of clean water for granted, so we’re looking forward to giving visitors an insight into how it arrives at their taps.”

The tours will take place on Thursday 19 September at 2pm and Friday 20 September at 10am.

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  • Members of the public are invited to attend one of two guided tours, each due to last approximately 2 hours.
  • Visitors must wear sensible footwear and tours are not suitable for children under the age of 12 or those with limited mobility.
  • On-site parking is available but spaces are limited so car sharing should be considered where possible.
  • Please book using the Eventbrite form.
  • For further information, please contact Steve Lowrie on slowrie@pennon-group.co.uk or call 01392 443421.

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