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Cumbria reservoir stabilisation scheme revealed to residents

Embankment stabilisation works form part of the plans publicly revealed today by United Utilities to preserve a disused Victorian reservoir in Cumbria.

Details of the £1M project are currently on display to residents at Lamplugh Village Hall.

The water authority had originally said in 2015 that it was considering draining the Cogra Moss reservoir and return the valley to its natural state.

United Utilities project manager Mark Graham said: “We have been designing the detailed engineering plans to stabilise the reservoir and we’re now in a position to share them with the public.

“It was clear when we first announced the need for maintenance that there was a huge public interest in the site. We hope people will take the opportunity to come and look at the plans and give us their feedback.”

The reservoir’s future was under put under review after a safety inspection identified work was needed on the embankment, along with further modifications to allow the reservoir to be drawn down in the event of an emergency.

The work will involve the installation of a siphon which will allow the efficient release of water from the reservoir along with other essential maintenance.

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