Underground reservoir being built in Kirkby

Severn Trent are investing 5 million in a new underground reservoir, to help  secure Nottinghamshires water supply.
Severn Trent are investing 5 million in a new underground reservoir, to help secure Nottinghamshires water supply.

Severn Trent are investing £5 million in a new underground reservoir, to help secure Nottinghamshire’s water supply.

The new underground reservoir, which is currently being built on land near Diamond Avenue in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, will replace the existing, but ageing, reservoir in the same area.

When completed in early 2020, the concrete reservoir will be able to store around 13 million litres of treated water and make supplies that much more resilient for over 30,000 customers.

Richard Evans, Severn Trent’s project manager, said: “Service reservoirs are the unsung heroes of our business.

"They hold millions of litres of treated water to ensure our customers have our wonderful water whenever they need it but hardly anyone knows that they’re there.

"It’s important to us that, once we finish building it, the new reservoir will merge into the landscape and just quietly get on with the job that it’s designed to do without local people having to think about it.”

Severn Trent doesn’t expect any customers or roads to be affected.

Richard added: “As the local population continues to grow, we decided that now was the right time to upgrade the Diamond Avenue site to provide a far more resilient water supply that we can easily maintain. It’s all about us making sure our supply is fit for the future.”

The company has also put in place measures to keep noise to a minimum, with all work taking place between 7:30am and 6pm from Monday to Friday.

No work will happen at weekends or during Bank Holidays.