Consultation on reservoir


SEVERN Trent Water is to hold a public exhibition on multi-million pound plans to replace an old underground reservoir in Derbyshire.

The firm hopes to build a new facility at the site of the existing Ambergate Reservoir in a £30m scheme to maintain water supplies across the East Midlands.

Bosses say the current site, near Crich and Fritchley, which was constructed between 1907 and 1910, has deteriorated with age and is in need of replacement.

The site is Severn Trent’s largest covered reservoir, holding 128 million litres of drinking water.

Duncan Wratten, Severn Trent’s project manager, said bosses considered options to refurbish the existing facility but decided to look at building a new reservoir in order to continue the supply of “quality water” to customers.

He added: “Severn Trent is liaising with Amber Valley Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council and local authorities.

“We understand that residents and businesses will have many questions and concerns about the construction of a new reservoir and this is why we have organised an open exhibition.

“The community will have the opportunity to discuss proposals in more detail with members of our team and provide feedback on the plans.”

The exhibition will be held on Wednesday, July 27, at Glebe Field Centre, Glebe Field Close, Crich.

Visitors are welcome to drop in between 11am and 8pm.

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