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Floods spark water pipeline plan

Water firm Severn Trent has announced proposals to build a massive water pipeline to safeguard its supplies in Gloucestershire.

Last summer 350,000 people lost supplies when the Mythe water treatment works near Tewkesbury was flooded.

The new 25m pipe would run from Strensham to north of Cheltenham, allowing the company to bypass Mythe in the event of an emergency.

The proposals have yet to secure the necessary permissions.

A host of landowners and agencies including Network Rail, the Highways Agency and the National Grid have yet to be approached.

The reaction from the county council has been "positive," a spokeswoman for the water company said.

The pipeline plans are part of a raft of measures the company wants to undertake over the next three years.

They also include improving existing infrastructure and running a pipeline to better supply households in the Forest of Dean.

The company admitted that bills may have to rise to fund its investments.

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