HC Deb 16 February 1972 vol 831 c106W
88. Mr. Carol Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether it is with his permission that the North Devon Water Board propose to start impounding water at Meldon before the dam is finished and more than a year before the new treatment works are completed; and if he is satisfied that this will not be a hazard to public health.

Mr. Graham Page

The North Devon Water Board requires no further permission from my right hon. Friend for the impounding of water at Meldon. I understand that the board hopes to start impounding water about mid-March so that some water will be available during the initial filling period to help sustain full output from its existing Prewley treatment works. Untreated water will not be put into supply.