Wonderful on Tap
Staunton Harold reservoir
Important notice about the dangers of swimming in our reservoirs
It's super hot outside and although it's tempting to cool off by taking a dip, we're reminding all our visitors to stay safe by keeping out of the water, across all our visitor sites.
On the surface they can look calm and steady but, underneath, the water is very deep with strong currents. Our reservoirs are purpose built for supplying water
and not for swimming or paddling.
A little bit about Stauton Harold...
Learn about history of Stauton Harold
Why was the reservoir created here?
Staunton Harold Reservoir was created in 1964 by the River Dove Water Board to provide communities and businesses in Leicester and the East Midlands
with drinking water and is now owned and managed by Severn Trent. The reservoir was developed from one of six ponds on the neighbouring National Trust
Calke Abbey Estate, originally owned by the Harpur Crew family.
What is Staunton Harold Reservoir’s role in the water supply network?
The reservoir acts as a huge storage tank, taking water in and out when needed.
Water from the reservoir is treated at Melbourne treatment works which is located on the shoreline of the reservoir, and was built in 1964.
After alterations completed in 1997, it became one of the most modern and efficient in Europe.
These days, more than 800,000 people in Leicester and the East Midlands benefit from the treatment works.
Where does the water come from?
The water is pumped from the River Dove at Eggington.Water from Foremark Reservoir also flows into Staunton Harold before it is treated at
Melbourne treatment works.
How deep and big is the reservoir?
The reservoir covers over 209 acres of land and is up to 80 feet deep, making this
one of the largest reservoirs in Leicestershire. It has a capacity of 1,400
million gallons (6,370 megalitres) of water.