A MULTI-MILLION pound reservoir will put the sweetness back into Oswestry’s drinking water supply, officials have said.
Three years after the Advertizer ran a campaign urging Severn Trent Water to improve the town’s water quality, a replacement £3.6 million covered reservoir is being installed on land off Mount Road to reduce the levels of chlorine in the water.
Once completed it will hold around four million litres of water.
At the height of our campaign in 2010, hundreds of readers told us how their water tasted of bleach and damaged appliances including kettles, irons and washing machines. They also said how it affected their hair and items such as tea towels and clothes.
The current work comes after the water supplier promised an £11.2m cash injection for the north-west of Shropshire.
Duncan Wratten, project manager at Severn Trent Water, said the project, being carried out by Bentley Construction, is “moving forward”.
“When it’s complete in July 2014, the reservoir will eventually hold four million litres of water and will serve the Oswestry community, increasing the reliability of the water supply for residents of the town,” he added.
The company has also invested £800,000 to improve and replace water pipes, with work in Dudleston and Ellesmere already complete. Work to improve the areas around Little Ness, near Nesscliffe and Llanrhaeadr-Ym-Mochnant will begin in September, while further works will start in Pentre, St Martins and Baschurch next year.