Derbyshire MP takes a closer look at Severn Trent reservoir work

Thursday 18th January

A Derbyshire MP has had a chance to take a look at Severn Trent’s newly-built Ambergate reservoir which caters for the needs of hundreds of thousands of people in the East Midlands.

Pauline Latham, MP for mid-Derbyshire, was invited to see the new reservoirs which store fresh drinking water before it goes into the water network and into customer’s taps.

The company has invested more than £40m in rebuilding the reservoirs which were first constructed more than 100 years ago.

Mrs Latham said: “It was impressive to see the scale of the work that Severn Trent has completed to make sure people across Derbyshire and beyond have a reliable water supply.

“Rebuilding the reservoir has involved a huge investment and will make a real difference for future generations living in the region.”

Duncan Wratten, who has been leading the work for Severn Trent, said: “Ambergate is the largest covered reservoir in the Severn Trent region and a huge amount of work has gone into carrying out the rebuilding work while continuing to use the site to provide our customers with fresh water when they need it.

“We’ve invested to modernise the reservoirs and to increase capacity at Ambergate and this work will make sure we can provide a reliable water supply to our customers for many years to come.”

As part of the multi-million pound investment Severn Trent and contract partners Laing O’Rourke and NMC Nomenca are also giving nearly £50,000 to local community groups.

The company has already donated half of this money, and is now looking for suitable local groups to receive further donations.

Duncan added: “As well as a new, modern, long lasting and reliable water supply, we also want to leave a lasting legacy for our local communities.

“The building work on the new reservoir has been happening here for four years and to thank local people for their patience we wanted to invest and give something back that would make a real difference to their daily lives.”