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Carsington Water

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Carsington Water Follow-up Assessment Introduction: Carsington is the source of extra water supplies for 3 million people in three surrounding counties. It's a purpose-built reservoir that has increased our water storage capacity by 10%, to help meet growing demand in the East Midlands well into the 21st century. * Although some water flows into Carsington from nearby streams, most is of it pumped in from the River Derwent where its water level is high. It's taken out through a pumping station and travels along a 10.5km aqueduct, then enters the reservoir through the Control Tower. * As England's ninth largest reservoir, Carsington can hold 35,412 megalitres (or up to 7.8 billion gallons), enough to keep one person in water for over 500,000 years. * The dam plans began in the 1960s, the go-ahead wasn't given until 1979, and part of the original dam collapsed in 1984. It was levelled to its foundations, and work on the new design started in 1989. * The valley has been occupied since around 2000 BC. A Bronze Age burial mound was discovered near the Visitor Centre, and excavations in 1986 turned up human remains, flint knives, scrapers and pollen samples. The reason the reservoir was built in Carsington was that the river Derwent was very close which provided large amounts of continuous flowing water. Another reason was that the contour line chosen disrupted only a small amount of a person's property. ...read more.

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All of which have attracted many species of wildlife, but unfortunately not attracting the rare species which Severn Trent are working hard for. Though Sand Martins were attracted to Carsington by large hills of earth, which Severn Trent created, it fell apart soon after the construction and little has been seen of them. Fish like Pike, Rub, Chubb and Llearch have all appeared in the Carsington Reservoir, which has been great news for the Severn Trent and the fishermen. Out of all of what I have seen of Carsington I think that the landscape has only been improved greatly by the increase in trees; rather than open, boggy fields; the man made islands that really make the reservoir look a lot more interesting and the limestone used in the dam which makes the dam look much more natural. The reservoir suits the landscape well and would be near impossible to tell that the reservoir was man made. It also makes the surrounds looks bigger than they actually are, make the valley seem extremely large in size and makes the small hamlets look tiny but bold. The reservoir now, helps and provides pleasure for the locals and other and also provides homes for the wildlife which I think is more than what a empty, boggy farmland could do. Part 2: Tourism at Carsington Reservoir A. How has Severn Trent Water attracted visitors to Carsington? So far Severn Trent have attracted many visitors to the reservoir by the huge amount of facilities and sports activities. ...read more.

Conclusion

But money from the clubs, car parks, visitors centre and shops all help the company basically staying alive. The Severn Trent tries to bring people to the reservoir to educate them also. About how to save water and how it is so precious. It tells you how the world wouldn't exist without it and if you waste it you will kill the planet. Stuff like that really shocks you and really makes your think. The way they attempt to educate the children in the 'Go with the Flow' exhibition is quite poor, as none of the activities there are 'hands on' and young and old children would find it boring. But the adults would spend some of the time there and read the boards. While they are educating the people about how to save water it helps Severn Trent as the company doesn't have to splash out more on cleaning the water and making more supply points as the people know how to help the environment and how to keep the reservoirs wet. The Nature Clubs and groups educate the people very well, making the trip exciting and factual. The children really work well with animals and teaching them how to keep them living is something everyone would do with pleasure. Apart from the education and money side of Carsington they are as well promoting Severn Trent telling people that they are not the bad guys for turning a field to a reservoir. It boosts the fame for the company and make the public more aware of Severn's presence. ...read more.

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