Staffordshire County Council issue statement on Chasewater Dam works currently ongoing

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Business as usual on the lake, although the levels are low for the time of year.

I’ve been asked by more than a few people this week what’s going on with Chasewater Dam – in the last few weeks water levels have been lowered and traffic blocked from the dam road; crews and equipment have been working on apparent drainage works.

Not finding any mention via existing channels, yesterday I asked Staffordshire County Council via Twitter, as well as the official Chasewater twitter account what was happening.

I didn’t expect much as both accounts generally ignore requests they don’t like, and after a day of polite, persistent questioning and requests for a press release, very little was forthcoming.

Images of current dam works kindly supplied by Andy Dennis

I was therefore amused this afternoon to note a release had subsequently been prepared and sent to fellow local site Lichfield Live, but not me, who requested it. Fit of pique much? Ah well, at least they didn’t communicate this time via badly formatted, off-message flyers nailed to trees

Anyway, it seems work is ongoing to sort some minor drainage issues with the dam, prior to the next safety inspection. It’s unclear what prompted the work, but with such an experimental project, a certain amount of tinkering is to be expected I guess.

Here’s the article from Lichfield Live which can be read on their site here.

Engineers to lower levels in Chasewater reservoir during dam maintenance work

The water level in Chasewater reservoir is set to drop as maintenance work takes place on the dam wall.

Staffordshire County Council says the clay, earth and stone structure needs to have its drainage improved.

Cllr Mark Winnington said the work would see new drains installed, silt cleared from existing ones and more stone added.

“Chasewater is one of Staffordshire’s most popular attractions and that is why we have made considerable investments there in recent years,” he said. “The design and nature of the dam wall means that it needs ongoing monitoring and care.

“We’ll be working on it for the next few weeks and passers-by will notice we’ve lowered the water to summer levels and closed the wall-top to traffic to help.”

The county council has been responsible for the 200-year-old dam since it took over a £5.5million repair project in May 2011 from Lichfield District Council.

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2 Responses to Staffordshire County Council issue statement on Chasewater Dam works currently ongoing

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    thanks for this information..I was wondering what was going on, too. Ive clicked on Lichfield Live….not heard of this periodical before..to find a sweet image of Lichfields inimitable MP on their front page
    Full of fortitude, thats me
    kind regards
    David

  2. Ian James says:

    After the work on the drainage was started, the workforce stopped work, the taps to the canal were opened, the dam road was locked at both ends and the dam engineer/inspector was called in. I hope that the council feel able to publish or at least summarise the response that the dam engineer has given to them with minimal spin and delay.

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