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Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this blog over the last few years. It’s been a great way to tell you all about the work that’s taken place at Chasewater, and we’ve been bowled over the the amount of public interest, involvement and support for the blog. Now the the works are complete we […]

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Staffordshire County Council has announced that the major £5.5 million engineering project at Chasewater reservoir has now been completed. The 200-year-old dam at the heart of Chasewater Country Park was drained of water in early 2010 amid concerns for the safety of the reservoir which dates back to 1797. The plug went back in last October […]

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A hard task!

More than 100 tonnes of concrete is to be poured into Chasewater Reservoir to help support the 200-year-old dam. The concrete will help control the flow of water when the reservoir is full. Repairs to the reservoir’s drawdown culvert (or plughole), have also been carried out. County councillor Mark Winnington said: “This is the last major […]

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Pool Road temporarily opens

As you will be aware, due to the hazards associated with the construction works at the site, members of the public have been prevented access to most areas since November 2010 for their own safety. However, because of the good progress that we have made, we are pleased to be able let you know that […]

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December update

It might be getting colder by the day and the snow getting ever closer, but on the whole the weather has been very kind to us since the last update in November, and we have made excellent progress with the works. We’ve finished the main works at the northern end of the embankment and removed […]

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FAQs ….

In response to various queries that we receive from time to time, we have included below a few FAQs relating to the reservoir and dam works: When will we be able to walk across the dam? If it is safe to do so, we are hoping to temporarily open the footpath along the crest of […]

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November 2011 update

Most of the main works to the north of the canal are now complete, although we still have to install drainage pipes through the sheet piles and carry out further landscaping works on the north eastern area next to pool cottages. The repair works to the canal basin are also nearing completion, although the reconstruction […]

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Photo gallery of pipe works

The team at staffs county council have created a photo gallery to show the works they carried out to mend the entrance to the pipe/culvert through the dam, and also create a tower to help filter the water that flows through the dam in future. The photos show: Emptying of the area around the pipe. […]

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Dam cam goes in deep!

To thoroughly investigate the pipe/culvert that runs through the dam, the engineering team sent a camerabot into the pipe and took what we believe is the first even film footage of the inside of the dam! The footage reveals a hidden chamber the team was unaware of before, a working penstock and a broken penstock. […]

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Pool Road update!

Lots of you have been asking (including Brownhills Bob) about whether Pool Road that runs across the top of the dam will now be open. As I said to Stefan (a regular commenter on the blog), I need to refer to colleagues at the county council for answers to your questions, so sometimes they take a little […]

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