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Severn Trent Water are consulting on plans to provide an alternative water supply for Birmingham while repairs are made to the Victorian Elan Valley Aqueduct.

The Victorian marvel of engineering was designed to bring water to Birmingham from reservoirs in the Elan Valley in Wales, just 52 metres higher, using only gravity and it has remained the main source of water for the city for over 100 years.

Understandably, the aqueduct is now in need of repair and to carry out the necessary work, Severn Trent Water need to close it down for significant periods of time. To do this, they propose to pump water from the River Severn near Stourbridge to an additional treatment facility at Frankley.

For full details of the Birmingham Resilience Plan visit the Severn Trent website.

There will be four consultation events locally where you can find out more and put your views:

  • Thursday 20 Nov 2014 2 pm – 8pm Hollymoor Centre, 8 Manor Park Grove, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 5ER
    Friday 21 Nov 2014 2pm – 8pm Hollymoor Centre, 8 Manor Park Grove, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 5ER
    Friday 28 Nov 2014 2pm – 7pm North Worcestershire Golf Club, Hanging Lane, Birmingham, B31 5LP
    Saturday 29 Nov 2014 11am – 4.30pm North Worcestershire Golf Club, Hanging Lane, Birmingham, B31 5LP

The full list of consultation events can be found on the website

1 COMMENT

  1. Awww, my kettle will fur up :( It’s only ever boiled Welsh rainwater.

    But Severn Trent’s work is necessary, there are plenty of leaks to keep flowing in Brum.

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