Our Pembury Reservoir has been full since November 2019 which is normal for this time of year and especially so during a wet winter.
The main source of water for our reservoir comes from natural springs in the area which is treated on site at our Pembury Water Treatment Works, before being pumped into our Blackhurst clean water storage tank, which then feeds the Tunbridge Wells area.
When the reservoir is at full capacity the water continues its journey back into the Alders Stream through a letterbox style overflow opening. This works in a similar way to the overflow in a sink or bathtub and has no valves associated with it, the water simply flows through when the reservoir is full.
We have invited the Capel Parish Council and Greg Clark MP to visit our Pembury Reservoir to view the site in operation and speak with our staff.
The Environment Agency issued the below statement on Friday 14th February 2020:
The Environment Agency received a report of nine properties had flooded in Capel on Sunday afternoon, 9 February. We did an initial investigation the following day and found that the flood water originated from a ditch to the North West of the properties, not the Alder stream. We intend to investigate the causes of the flooding when the current weather situation and heavy rainfall have passed.
Flooding has a devastating impact on people’s lives. Our thoughts are with those who have been flooded and those waiting to return to their homes. We advise people to be prepared and check their flood risk and sign up for flood warnings by visiting https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk or calling 0345 988 1188.