Water Water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

by on Jul.22, 2007, under General, Unbelievable

While most of gloucester is flooded, the water treatment plant has been flooded and shut down

OH and the Severntrent water web site,, has collapsed under the strain


Severn Trent Water said the water supply situation was serious and is urging customers to conserve water, not run baths or hose down any dirty areas on Sunday.
The situation is serious, our pumping and treatment works at Mythe has been flooded by the water. It has been overwhelmed. We cannot remember a time the works itself have ever been flooded like this. It doesn’t sit on the flood plain it is some way off.
“Our pumps and processes have had to be switched off. We’ve had to evacuate the site.
“Some treated water is left in our reservoirs serving Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Gloucester. If people are careful we can maintain the supply a little longer.
“We are organising staff and putting bowsers out into areas of Gloucester first then Cheltenham and Tewkesbury.
“The situation we are dealing with is truly exceptional and unprecedented.
It will be sometime, at least a couple of days, before we can supply water through the pipes again,” he said.
Some supermarkets in Gloucester were reportedly rationing bottled water to one per customer.


Water Supply Situation for Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury – Sunday 22 July 2007
Floods shut down water treatment works at Tewkesbury????

Severn Trent Water’s Mythe Water Treatment Works in Tewkesbury has been submerged by rising flood water and had to be shut down and the site evacuated in the early hours of Sunday morning.
This means that water supplies to customers in the Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and Gloucester areas will be seriously affected for at least the next 72 hours.??
Andy Smith, Severn Trent???s director of water services, explained:?? ???We estimate that the situation will continue until at least Wednesday.?? We must wait for the flood water to subside before we can begin to assess the damage done to equipment and machinery at Mythe.?? And even when we are able to restart the works, it will take some time for the network and water supplies to return to normal.
???In the meantime, we are arranging for bowsers ??? or mini water tankers ??? to be delivered today to various sites across the towns affected to ensure that customers have access to water whilst we deal with the incident.???
??Andy added:?? ???We are therefore urgently appealing to customers to use water sparingly and, in that way, help one another to make the remaining supplies last longer.???

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1 comment for this entry:
  1. stymaster

    Lots of water, but in the wrong place…

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