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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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