Boost for Birmingham’s resilience ahead of Severn Trent’s flagship scheme

Severn Trent has completed the first of three bypass tunnels to shore up water supplies to Birmingham, ahead of its major resilience scheme for the city.

Work has started on its £300m Birmingham Resilience Project, which will provide an alternative to the current single source Elan Valley Aqueduct supply to the city. A new 25km pipeline from Lickhill near Stourport-on-Severn will carry water to Birmingham’s existing treatment works.

But in the meantime, the company needs to work on the Elan Valley Aqueduct and is building three bypass tunnels to divert flows to allow work to be conducted. The first of these, at Bleddfa, has been completed and flows successfully transferred. Work will start on the second tunnel, at Nantmel, this month.