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Severn Trent confident Mythe water treatment plant near Tewkesbury is protected against floods

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

he flooded waterworks at Mythe outside Tewkesbury, in Gloucestershire in 2007

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Flood defences installed by Severn Trent Water at the Mythe water treatment works – near Tewkesbury – are to be tested as river levels are set to rise above those last seen in 2007, in the next 24 hours. The company is confident Gloucestershire’s water supplies will remain safe.

According to data released by the Environment Agency today, the Severn is expected to peak at more than 5.55 metres over the next 12 hours. This exceeds the highest level recorded at Mythe Bridge, at 5.50 metres on 22 July 2007.

To help make sure Gloucestershire’s water supplies remain safe, since 2007 Severn Trent Water has invested £38 million to install new water pipelines, install flood defences at the Mythe and remove a railway embankment.

The water company also has a flood management plan, which means that pumps are put in place and power supplies are protected by generators to make sure that the water treatment works doesn’t fail.

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However, across its region, the water company is currently experiencing issues caused by both severe weather and power outages. Although the conditions are not affecting Gloucestershire’s water supply, it is causing problems for many customers in affected areas.

Severn Trent Water manager, Derek James, explains: “Our flood defences at the Mythe water treatment works are working hard to protect water supplies. They will get a significant test over the next 24 hours but we expect them to cope well, this is backed up by our flood management plan to make sure that Gloucestershire’s water supply remains safe.

“As a result of the high winds and heavy rainfall, unfortunately some of our customers are experiencing issues. We have teams working hard around the clock to deal with these problems, but in some areas the current conditions mean it will take us longer than usual to get out and help. We’d like to ask our customers to be patient and assure them we’re working to get everything back to normal.”

For regular updates visit www.stwater.co.uk/media or to ask for help by calling 0800 783 4444.

For more information on flooding visit stwater.co.uk/during-flooding

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  • Beekeeper  |  February 14 2014, 10:52AM

    I had nine days with no water in 2007 and later had two weeks with no phone or internet when ST cut through BT cables in Kingsholm. Am I confident they will get it right this time? No I am not.

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  • MentalBeaver  |  February 14 2014, 9:25AM

    Don't forget Severn Trent's "insurance" or whatever was that was supposed to compensate people for the loss of supply. You know, the thing that they just said "Yeah, we're not doing that. What are you going to do, change suppliers? Ha ha ha!!!". I didn't care about the money but I did care that they had something in place and chose not to do it so they wouldn't upset the greedy fat d-bags in charge.

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  • spindles12  |  February 14 2014, 8:54AM

    GlosAnarchy, where were YOU living because I remember going without mains water for at least a week and having to collect bottled water from a supermarket car park. Something like 350,000 people had no water as well. Swimming pools come in very useful when it comes to needing water to flush the loo and ours came in very handy at the time! No one wants to lose their water supply and I feel so sorry for people who have lost their homes and are having to live wherever they can and will be doing so for months and months. A report on the Severn Trent Water website tells all about the 2007 floods and what they have done to make sure it doesn't happen again so we must all hope that they have done a good enough job as 2007 showed just how quickly we can lose something that we all take for granted - clean water out of a tap.

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  • North Glos EPC  |  February 14 2014, 12:18AM

    Glosanarchy, Back in 2007 that was a clean mains supply of water, surely you remember. Stop being stupid.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 13 2014, 10:26PM

    A week without water, where do you live!

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  • North Glos EPC  |  February 13 2014, 9:31PM

    They jolly well better have got this right. Remember 2007 when we had to go a week without any mains water supply. If we have problems seven years later after plenty of time to sort out the issue someone will be guilty of gross incompetence. However all's well at the moment and as long as that's the case no reason to point the finger at anyone.

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