How much water is out there?

4 million litres of water are being distributed currently as Severn Trent step up the emergency response. 330 bowsers are currently in Cheltenham with these being refilled up to five times per day by 80 water tankers.

The overriding advice is not to panic.

Residents supplied by Bristol water are not currently affected and are advised not to stock up because of the knock on effects.

Water is getting to Cheltenham at a fast pace, with vulnerable or elderly adults being contacted by the emergency team at Cheltenham Borough Council to ensure that their needs are being met.

For more information visit our page on emergency water supplies in the area.

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11 Responses to “How much water is out there?”


  1. 1 John Smith 25 July 2007 at 3:00 pm

    We have 1 bowser in our area positioned at 2 Grafton Road. It has been empty since this time yesterday. There are elderly people wandering around looking for a supply of water without success. There are no bowsers in Painswick Road, Grafton Road, Ashford Road, and several other streets around St Philips and St James Church. One empty bowser serving this area is not enough.

    John Smith
    Hon Sec
    St Philips and St James (Leckhampton) Area Residents’ Association

  2. 2 Fiona 25 July 2007 at 3:03 pm

    To report an empty bowser: 0800 032 0142

  3. 3 Emergency Planning Team 25 July 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Good afternoon

    We note your comments, and are advising you that the problem has been reported to Severn Trent.

  4. 4 Gary 26 July 2007 at 7:30 am

    Regency Walk (new development around Brookbank Close) doesn’t have a bowser within carrying distance – the nearest one is a long way on foot – and there aren’t any free bottled water distribution points within walking distance either, which is a real problem for those of us who don’t have access to a car. Help!

  5. 5 Anon 26 July 2007 at 8:07 am

    Firstly, I don’t wish for one second to undermine the seriousness of the current situation in Cheltenham.

    However, some friends and I are planning a trip down this weeked (originally to watch the cricket!), and are wondering if there are any public houses up and running after the recent floods.

    Thanks.

  6. 6 Clara 26 July 2007 at 9:36 am

    The Bath Road shopping area adjacent almost to the cricket ground, still has quite a few pubs operational. As of last night, The Norwood, Morans, the Exmouth and the Brown Jug, plus the Retreat on Suffolk Parade, all within pub crawl distance. Have a good time!

  7. 7 cheltenhamboroughcouncil 26 July 2007 at 11:19 am

    Thanks Clara

    …and for anyone concerned about environmental health issues during this situation;

    https://cheltenhamboroughcouncil.wordpress.com/2007/07/26/food-safety-inspections-continue-throughout/

    keep safe everyone

  8. 8 cllr colin green 26 July 2007 at 8:03 pm

    swindon village area, hayden road, river leys area has no bowsers at all despite a series of hotel and caravans with the elderly.
    Note we have had substantial flood damage as we back on to the chelt river. lets try an minimise the devastation please, we are patient village people but please dont forget us ! life does not stop the other side of sainsburys !

    yet when i go up village road i see a bowser every 300 mtrs ( all empty mind) and can almost see another bowser from the last
    2 off them in glynbridge gardens next to each other.
    cant quite work out the format here chaps>

    Thanks for listening
    Colin

  9. 9 Mary 26 July 2007 at 11:10 pm

    “… some friends and I are planning a trip down this weeked (originally to watch the cricket!), and are wondering if there are any public houses up and running after the recent floods.”

    Wouldnt bother if I were you! Its misery and even if you can find pubs open, which I doubt, you’ll struggle to find eateries. :-(

    Come to Cheltenham in happier times!

  10. 10 connie 28 July 2007 at 1:28 pm

    i am not feeling good to know chelt was affected by the recent floods although i am away for holidays but quite a lot of my friends are suffering from the water ration and hope the council can sort it out smoohtly for any inconveniences casued by the recent floods.

  11. 11 cheltenhamboroughcouncil 28 July 2007 at 2:03 pm

    Connie – the people of Cheltenham have been fantastic. We’ve heard some incredible stories of people helping each other and their neighbours. There is plenty of water to go around (six million litres of water a day coming into the region), but distribution has been the biggest problem. The Army are now helping Severn Trent and we hear that the water bowsers are getting filled more regularily. We have five distribution centres for bottled water staffed by colleagues here in the council, everyone is pulling together. Many thanks for your support.


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