The construction of 4,000 houses on farmland bordering the River Frome presents a significant risk to Dorchester’s water supply.

This threat to our drinking water was first highlighted by regional water company Wessex Water. The company says the development could result in pollution of the Eagle Lodge borehole, which provides most of the Dorchester area’s drinking water. Their scientists and engineers say it’s likely that significant investment will be required to maintain the quality of the water supply including the provision of new reservoirs.

The borehole, in the parish of Stinsford, draws water from an aquifer deep underground. The developers, who include housebuilders Persimmon, have given no details about how they intend to protect this aquifer from pollution caused by run-off from the huge new town.

There are fears that run-off from the new roads may also pollute the River Frome – one of the UK’s most beautiful and valuable chalk streams. The river, which feeds Poole Harbour, is a site of special scientific interest. STAND believes the Frome and the fields which border it, provide a unique wildlife habitat, and must be protected from the developers’ diggers.

Plans for 4,000 houses near River Frome could harm Dorchester’s water supply, warns Wessex Water. The development might pollute key drinking water sources, leading to costly repairs. Run-off from roads may also endanger the River Frome’s ecosystem. #EnvironmentalConcerns #Dorchester