Severn Trent to build new £30m reservoir in Derbyshire

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Severn Trent Water has unveiled plans for a £30m scheme to replace an old underground reservoir in Derbyshire.

The company said the construction of a new Ambergate Reservoir was vital to maintain water supplies in the East Midlands.

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

The company said the current facility had been in use for more than 100 years and had deteriorated.

'Quality water'

The new reservoir will be built at the existing site, near Crich and Fritchley.

An exhibition will be held next week for members of the public to view the plans.

Duncan Wratten, Severn Trent's project manager, said: "Options to refurbish the existing reservoir were taken into account, however following careful consideration it was agreed that a new reservoir would need to be constructed in order to continue the supply of quality water to Severn Trent's customers.

"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 plans will go on display at Glebe Field Centre, in Crich, on 27 July between 1100 BST and 2000 BST.

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