Chelmarsh Reservoir

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Construction began1963
Opening date1966
Construction cost£680,000
Owner(s)South Staffordshire Water
Dam and spillways
Type of damEmbankment dam
ImpoundsChelmarsh Brook
Elevation at crest70.1m
Spillway capacity18m3
Total capacity3,063,000m3
Catchment area1km2
Surface area0.39km2
Normal elevation68.9m
Power Station
Hydraulic head28m

Chelmarsh Reservoir is a water supply reservoir located in the village of Chelmarsh, Shropshire. The reservoir is operated by South Staffordshire Water and was created in 1963 to augment the supply of water in a large area of South Staffordshire and the Black Country. The main source of water to the reservoir is from abstraction from the River Severn.

The reservoir is the main source of supply for Sedgley beacon service reservoir that feeds potable water to some parts of Wolverhampton.


The site chosen for the reservoir was the valley of Chelmarsh Brook on the west bank of the Severn, about ¾ mile from Hampton Loade Ferry. Previously the site had been the location of a small dam which created Park Pond and served as an ornamental lake for Chelmarsh Hall.

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Coordinates: 52°29′07″N 2°23′35″W / 52.485334°N 2.393113°W / 52.485334; -2.393113