important community news and information about the current situation in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
For location of water supplies, follow the link to emergency water supplies above.
It would be really useful to see the location of the bowsers on a map – a good use of a GIS!!
Thanks Sarah, yes a map would be a great idea. We’ll see what we can do.
Why not use google maps? 🙂
The effort Severn Trent have put is not reaching vulnerable people in Cheltenham. My 80 year old in-laws are having to leave Cheltenham during the water crisis because they have no way of getting it. They live on the third floor and even with a lift it is impracticable for them to carry water, or even the packs of bottled water being handed out. There is no nearby water bowser. The manager of their flats has asked for a bowser but to no avail. All the residents are a similar age.
I would have thought Severn Trent could at least publish an alpahabetical list of street names or post codes. The world of GIS and use of maps seems to have escaped them.
There was a Water Bowser at the bottom of Carrol Grove in Springbank Yesterday – But now it has gone, I am assuming it has been stolen as it had a tow bar – some obv has towed it away !!!! Damn Cheek
We’ve just been made aware of this, http://www.andybowd.co.uk a member of our community has already created a useful reference list linking in the water locations to a Google map.
As Andy says at the top of his page, “All locations are approximate, and there is no guarantee that there will be water when you arrive. Best of luck all, and keep your chin up!”
I, along with many others, am suitably impressed with the speed that Severn Trent have provided bowsers.
However I am NOT impressed with their apparent failure to ensure those bowsers have water in them. I live on Bafford Approach Charlton Kings. There are two bowsers in the immediate area, one at the corner of Stockton Lane/Bafford Approach and the other at the corner of Longway Avenue/bafford approach. Too my knowledge they have both been EMPTY for almost 24 hours, despite this fact being reported.
Somebody from Severn Trent has visited both EMPTY bowsers and stuck a notice on each to say they are empty. What is the point of this?
Would it not make sense to vist them with a top up supply instead of wasting time and resources to officially state the obvious.
May I suggest that there is a dedicated email address/telephone number solely for reporting enmpty bowsers.
I realise these are probably teething problems which I hope will be given the urgency they require
I think today (Wed 25th) Severn Trent are trying harder to fill them up but people are panicking and “stocking up” with large containers. I haven’t used a bowser yet and I’m a bit nervous that when I actually need to use one they will be empty.
Also I don’t know many of the road names in Cheltenham would be more useful if they broke the list down by area in Cheltenham on the web site.
If you’re still finding empty bowsers BBC radio Gloucestershire have been quite good a lobbying STW, let them know. 01452 331133 is their action line number from their web site.
These emergency water supplies are only useful to people with cars.In response to lots of national and local government pressure, we gave up our car two years ago. We have a two mile trek to get to free water that may, or may not, be available, and another two miles back, with water if we’re lucky. We are both healthy so we feel that the more vulnerable should get first pickings, this doesn’t mean that the greedy should get everything, as is normal in Cheltenham.
May be a neighbour could pick up some for you?
To report an empty bowser: 0800 032 0142
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