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A new backup water supply for Birmingham
We think water is amazing and we know how important it is – that’s why all our energy goes into making sure wonderful water is available for our customers.
What's happening and why?
We're creating a new backup water supply for Birmingham and surrounding areas to keep water flowing for over a million customers today and for future generations.
For over 100 years Birmingham’s water has travelled 72 miles from Wales through the Elan Valley Aqueduct (EVA) and we want to make sure customers continue to enjoy this wonderful water. After decades of use the Aqueduct needs care and maintenance to keep it in service. To carry out repair work, we need to take the Aqueduct out of action for a few weeks each year so our engineers can get inside. During these times a backup supply, sourced from across our region, will be used to keep water flowing for customers.
For latest updates on creating the new backup supply click here.
What does this mean?
From the end of 2019, Birmingham will have two water sources. One from Wales and a back-up supply sourced from across the region.
Customers will be supplied with water from Wales, except when we are carrying out repairs to the Aqueduct (up to eight consecutive weeks a year), or in the event of an emergency when the backup supply will be used.
Arthur Jones and the Genie of the tap
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As seen in the video, regular checks on the EVA show that although the aqueduct is in good condition for its age, it needs some modernisation and refurbishment. Currently we can only shut down the aqueduct for five days, and in the future we may need longer periods to allow more work to be done. To do this we need to provide Birmingham with an alternative source of water. We’re therefore building a new 25km pipeline to take water from the River Severn at Lickhill to Frankley Water Treatment works. This will provide us with a backup supply of water for Birmingham during refurbishment work on the EVA and also for use in any future emergencies. For the latest update on progress with work click here.
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