Severn Trent has completed a multi-million pound project to expand Ambergate reservoir, which provides fresh water to homes across the region.
The project has been in the pipeline for nearly 20 years, with construction beginning in 2014, but the facility is finally ready to store water on its way out into the network.
Severn Trent chief commercial officer Helen Miles said: “A massive amount of work and planning has gone into the upgrades, and to ensure our customers continued to have a reliable supply of water whenever they need it from the existing reservoir.
“This was a big investment for us of more than £40m which involved modernising the site and increasing capacity, and the newly constructed reservoirs will make sure customers can keep using fresh water in so many wonderful way for many years to come.
She added: “We’re mindful of the impact that work of this scale can have on a community, so we worked really closely with local people and we’d like to thank them for all their support.”
Severn Trent and contract partners Laing O’Rourke and NMC Nomenca have given more than £50,000 to local community groups over the course of the project.
Helen continued: “As well as a modern and resilient water supply we also want to leave a legacy for the area.
“To thank people for their patience we wanted to invest and give something back that would make a real difference their communities.”
Councillor Margaret Lane, chair of Crich Parish Council and the project’s community liaison group, visted the site for a tour as part of Severn Trent’s celebrations.
She said: “Severn Trent and their construction team have maintained a close link with the local community throughout and responded positively to any concerns.
“It has been a shining example of how a construction project can be successfully managed in close proximity to local communities.”