Berkeley Reservoir (WS 0011)

  • Number
  • Other name
    (WS 0011)
  • Primary address

    341, end of Jarvie Road Berkeley, 2506. NSW
    LGA: Wollongong City
    LGA region: Illawarra
    DUAP region: Illawarra & Macarthur

  • Owner
    Sydney Water
  • Current use
  • Former use
  • Item type
  • Item group
    Utilities - Water
  • Item category
    Water Supply Reservoir/ Dam
  • Parcels

    Parcel code: LOT
    Lot number: 1
    Section number:
    Plan code: DP
    Plan number: 835121
    Updated: 17 February 2003

  • Curtilage/Boundary
    The curtilage includes Sydney Water''s infrastructure to the boundary of Lot 1 in DP no.835121, as shown on the curtilage plan.
  • AMG easting
  • AMG northing
  • Statement of significance
    Berkeley (WS 11). One of a small group of cylindrical concrete reservoirs, serving the needs of local communities. The listing includes the reservoir and all associated pipework, valves and valve houses to the property boundary.
  • Endorsed significance
  • Designer
    Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board
  • Builder
    Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board
  • Year completed
  • Circa
  • Physical description
    Berkeley Reservoir (WS 11) is a circular reinforced concrete reservoir, with stepped and tapering sides. Standard features include: concrete apron, handrail in tubular steel, davit, depth gauge board, access ladder, inlet and outlet valve chambers. Another concrete reservoir (WS 12) is located on the same ridge as WS 11. Full Service Level: 129 m. Capacity: 4.6 ML. Another concrete reservoir (WS 12) is located on the same ridge as WS 11 (see separate listing).
  • Modifications made
    The reservoir has been roofed to safeguard water quality (1960s-1970s).
  • History
    The Metropolitan Water Supply & Drainage Board initially used water from the Cordeaux River, the nearest of the Upper Nepean tributaries to supply the South Coast, Wollongong and its suburbs. A series of dams were constructed on the Cordeaux River, the principal dams being completed in 1903, 1915 and 1926 respectively. Because of the height of the ridge (O’Briens Gap) above the coastal area, pressure in the trunk main was too high to be directly connected to reticulation mains. The pressure was broken down by the construction of 5 service reservoirs at the highest points on the coastal plain. The initial supply scheme from the Cordeaux River to Wollongong was constructed by the NSW Department of Public Works in 1902-1903. It was transferred to the MWS&DB in 1903. The second major stage of development occurred in 1909 with extension to Port Kembla and Unanderra. The third stage of expansion was completed in 1915 with water supplied to Figtree, Mount Kembla, Kembla Heights, Mount Keira, Keiraville and towns to the north of Wollongong, namely Balgownie, Corrimal, Bellambi, Russell Vale, Woonoona, Bulli, Thirroul, Austinmer, Coledale, Scarborough and Clifton. The extensions of supply to Dapto in 1920 and to Mount Drummond (now Mangerton), Tarrawanna, Reidtown, Fern Hill and Fairy Meadow, all in 1922, were supplementary to the third stage of expansion. Since that date expansion has occurred in all of the South Coast water supply, although Kiama, Jamberoo and other southern areas were not connected to the Avon supply until after 1961. In the 1960s supply was made available from Avon Dam, this dam being originally completed in 1928. Water is now supplied from Avon Dam, via filtration plant, to Mount Keira, Berkeley and Dapto, from whence all other reservoirs receive their supply.
  • National
  • State
  • Local
    Water Supply
  • Local description
    Relates to the planning, development, expansion and provision of water supply.
  • a) Historical
    This reservoir or site demonstrates the amplification in demand due to growing population.
  • f) Rarity
    One of a small group of concrete reservoirs with stepped or tapered sides.
  • List name
    Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register
  • Date listing listed
    01 January 2000
  • General view of WS 11 (left) and WS 12 (right), looking south.
    General view of WS 11 (left) and WS 12 (right), looking south.
    Created by: Edward Higginbotham
    Creation date: 01 June 2000
  • WS 11
    WS 11
    Created by: Edward Higginbotham
    Creation date: 01 June 2000
  • The physical curtilage plan for Berkeley Reservoir (WS 0011).
    The physical curtilage plan for Berkeley Reservoir (WS 0011).
    Created by: Sydney Water
    Creation date: 29 May 2006
  • Location Plan
    Location Plan
    Created by:
    Creation date: 01 January 2000
  • Data entry status
  • Entered
    18 December 2000
  • Updated
    05 December 2014