Severn Trent submit Ambergate £30m reservoir plans

Severn Trent Water has submitted a planning application to build two new underground reservoirs in Derbyshire.

The company said the £30m scheme to replace the Ambergate Reservoir was vital to maintain water supplies in the East Midlands.

It added that the current facility, Severn Trent’s largest covered reservoir, has been in use for over 100 years and has deteriorated.

Work could start at the end of the year and be completed by March 2017.

Subject to planning approval from Amber Valley Borough Council the new reservoirs will be built at, and adjacent to, the existing site near Crich and Fritchley.

Surely the long term plan should be to invest in more and more reservoirs if global warming is a continual threat. But what would happen to executive pay if the capital expenditure budget increased? Well actually nothing – water rate bills would increase instead.

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