Anthrax claims investigated at reservoir site

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 September 2013

Cheddar Reservoir.

Cheddar Reservoir.


CLAIMS anthrax-infected animal carcases were buried on the proposed site for a new reservoir have proved to be unfounded.

Bristol Water is hoping to build a second reservoir in Cheddar due to a growing strain on water supplies.

The company took the claims animals contaminated with anthrax after the First World War were buried on the site seriously and has investigated them at the cost of tens of thousands of pounds.

Specialist contractors drilled a series of holes into the site, and laboratory tests confirmed there was no trace of anthrax.

Jeremy Williams, spokesman for the project, said: “We are pleased to be able to set local people’s minds at rest about this issue.

“It has turned out be a wild goose chase - but we do thank the well-meaning person who drew our attention to the possibility in the first place.”

Feedback from the second round of consultation for the reservoir has shown 59 per cent of respondents thought the plans were good.

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