Investigating Tewkesbury water supply issues

Investigating Tewkesbury water supply issues

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After significant water supply disruption affecting Tewkesbury in recent months, the borough council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee is carrying out a review to find out what happened, why it happened and what can be done to prevent or mitigate future incidents.

A Scrutiny Hearing - which members of the public are welcome to attend - will take place at 4.30pm on Tuesday 24 April 2018 and questions will be put to the various bodies involved. Anyone interested in attending should contact jennifer.murray@tewkesbury.gov.uk or 01684 272021.

Based on the evidence gathered throughout the review, questions have been compiled for Severn Trent Water, Gloucestershire Constabulary, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Tewkesbury Borough Council, the Local Resilience Forum and the Chair of the Tactical Coordinating Groups (TCGs). Questions will be asked around key aspects of the incident, including: water distribution; communications; effects on businesses and maintenance and infrastructure.

After the hearing, Tewkesbury Borough Council will produce a report and action plan that highlights the lessons learned and will make recommendations to those involved, to help lessen the impact should water supply issues occur again.

Councillor Phil Awford, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “This is a vital piece of collaborative work to help make the residents of our borough feel reassured. A reliable water supply is a critical part of everyday life for residents, businesses and public sector services, especially healthcare, so we want to ensure all those involved learn from what happened. Hopefully, we can reduce the risk of it happening again, or certainly lessen the impact if an unavoidable water supply issue afflicts our borough in the future.”