Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire water new smell and taste 'nothing to fear'

People in north Staffordshire who might notice a difference in their water's taste and smell have "nothing to worry about", Severn Trent said.

The firm plans to conserve supplies in Tittesworth reservoir near Leek, with water there at 59% of capacity, and bring water from underground sources.

Some might notice "a slight difference" in taste and smell, the company said.

The firm has written to customers affected by the temporary change due to start on Monday 20 June.

Customer services director Martin Kane said: "Because the water comes from a different source, it is also treated in a slightly different way... The water still meets all the stringent water quality standards."

Recent rainfall across the Severn Trent region should help boost reservoir-held water supplies, the firm said, but the company was still keeping an eye on the weather situation.

The firm added it could not "afford to be complacent" and unless there was a return to seasonal average rainfall, it could not rule out water restrictions for customers later in the year.

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