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Dam goes with the flow; FIRM MOVES WATER AROUND ITS 'GRID' TO COUNTER EFFECTS OF DRY SUMMER.

Byline: DAVE HIMELFIELD david.himelfield@reachplc.com @Dave_Examiner

Water is being drained from Scammonden Dam to supply other reservoirs IF you've walked or driven past Scammonden Reservoir you may have noticed what appear to be alarmingly low levels of water.

Banks of the reservoir that are usually underwater are now visible, as are pipes going in and out of the remaining water.

But there's nothing to be alarmed about, Yorkshire Water say.

While the region experienced an exceptionally dry spring and summer, we are not heading towards a drought.

Yorkshire Water has, however, been moving more water than usual from Scammonden to other reservoirs which have been harder hit by the two dry seasons.

A spokesperson for the company, which manages Yorkshire's clean and waste water, said: "Yorkshire has a unique grid system which allows us to move both raw and treated water around the region.

"This gives us the flexibility to draw water from different sources at different times to help manage stocks and protect the environment.

"Due to the exceptionally dry summer this year we've been moving more water around than usual.

"As part of this process we are currently taking more water from Scammonden Reservoir to help us to protect stocks and the environment at other reservoirs where levels are even lower.

"We are able to use the grid system to support Scammonden with water from elsewhere in the region.

"Due to the design of Scammonden only the top 7.5m are available for treatment via gravity, anything below this has to be pumped."

And Scammonden Reservoir will eventually be refilled.

The spokesperson said: "We carefully manage levels in all our reservoirs to preserve both water resources and the environment.

"As wetter weather hopefully arrives over the winter we'll be working hard to balance resources to allow us to refill the reservoirs."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2018
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