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The Res

Built in 1882, The Res held the first ever drinking water for the people of Newcastle, which was pumped from Walka Water Works near Maitland. Fifty years ago, it was drained and closed, it was re-opened to the public for exploration.

We have closed The Res to the public. These temporary closures are to support social distancing efforts.

Where is The Res?

The Res underground drinking water reservoir located on the corner of Tyrrell and Brown Street in Newcastle East.

Our history in the Lower Hunter

Hunter Water has a rich history in shaping the water supply for our region. Find out how we have progressed in the Lower Hunter since the 1880s when water was first delivered to Newcastle.