Issue date: 3rd August 2012
Water sports enthusiasts can set sail on Chasewater reservoir for the first time in over two years thanks to Staffordshire County Council’s dam repair project and recent heavy rain.
The £5.5m dam repair project was taken on by the county council in May 2011 after the reservoir had been drained for safety reasons. Following heavy rainfall in recent months it is now half-full – a level reached much quicker than anticipated and enough for the Chase Sailing Club to use it again. Chase Watersports Centre hopes its members will be back in action soon.
The 200-year-old dam, which is 560 metres long, is at the heart of Chasewater Country Park. The plug went back in last October and water levels slowly started to rise once more, helping to restore Chasewater to its original position as a major regional leisure attraction, wildlife haven and key component of the Midlands’ canal network. In February 100 tonnes of concrete were pumped into the dam to create a weir which will control the flow of water when the reservoir is full.
The original dam repair project was started by Lichfield District Council and later transferred to Staffordshire County Council.