Roadford is spilling for the first time in 6 years
Like most of the region, South West Water's largest reservoir Roadford has been subject to above average rainfall this summer.
The reservoir that feeds large parts of Plymouth and North Devon now stands at 100% for the first time since April 2001.
South West Waters' Water Strategy Manager Neil Whiter said, "Roadford has the capacity to hold 34500Ml of water, which makes it the region's biggest source of drinking water.'
'Rather than waste water, the company is now utilising the additional rainfall on Roadford to operate its hydro power turbines, the largest of which generates approximately 710kw – enough energy for over 500 houses."
South West Water has a number of hydro power schemes across the region that are all benefiting from the increased summer rainfall.
These schemes combined prevent 4-5 thousand tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere every year. They can also generate 5.73 MW of green renewable energy, which can supply approximately 9,000 homes.
Published on: 26 July 2007