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9.5m pipe to safeguard Gloucestershire water supplies

Laying of pipes
The pipe will safeguard supplies if the Mythe works were out of action

Work has begun on a £9.5m pipe in Gloucestershire to help avoid a repeat of the water supply crisis of the 2007 floods.

About 130,000 homes lost running water for 17 days when the Mythe treatment works were engulfed by the deluge.

The 17km (11 mile) pipeline between Strensham and Coombe Hill will allow Severn Trent to bypass Mythe in an emergency.

The pipe would safeguard supplies if the works were out of action, it said.

Severn Trent spokesman Fraser Pithie said the water company had taken the opportunity to tackle a number of issues.

We absolutely need to get that second supply into Mythe and get that system robust," he added.

"But also at the same time, let's get a further 9km of main laid and a new pumping station, so that we can get water on to Mitcheldean should we ever have any problems at that works and therefore secure the Forest of Dean supply too."

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