"No concern" at Dovestones Reservoir over flooding

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 05 August 2019

A utility  giant has offered reassurances to Saddleworth residents who had concerns over Dovestones Reservoir in the wake of  the potential flooding drama at Whaley Bridge.

United Utilities manage the  water assets at the Greenfield beauty  spot and a spokesman said: “There is absolutely no cause for concern with Dovestone.

”We checked all our dams in the area immediately after the recent heavy rain and none give cause for concern at this time.

”We routinely inspect each dam every 48 hours, but we have increased the frequency to every 24 hours following the situation at Whaley Bridge.

“We also carry out additional inspections twice a year, and an independent inspection every ten years.

“However, Dovestone is far newer than the one at Todbrook – it was built in the 1960s and is more robust.

”We have led the industry by using a reservoir risk tool  for the last ten years. It exceeds legal requirements and identifies issues well in advance, so they are resolved before they become a problem.”

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