Residents in a Shropshire town who have complained about the taste of their water for almost a decade are to have their supply changed next year, it was revealed today.
Nearly 10 years ago, Severn Trent switched supply for the Oswestry’s 18,000 customers from a local reservoir to water piped from the Shelton water tower in Shrewsbury.
Householders insisted that water extracted from the River Severn was too hard, furred up appliances and also tasted of chlorine.
Now Severn Trent has revealed the water company is changing the supply to the town again, to water from bore holes at Eyton and Wilcott south of Shrewsbury.
David Essex, from the company, said the change, to be made during 2013, was part of a five year plan of investment.
“As part of a water quality improvement scheme at Eyton, the proportion of Shelton water in Oswestry will reduce to approximately 10 per cent,” Mr Essex said.
“There will be no significant change to water hardness and many people will not notice a change in taste. But for those who say they do not like the taste of the river water, they can expect the taste to improve.”
Town mayor Councillor Martin Bennett, who led the campaign for improved water supplies, said: “We must welcome the changes.”