The series of files [RST/F] belonged to the Supply and Distribution Manager of the Sherwood District, and relate primarily to the District's involvement in the Nottingham-Sherwood Water Supply Strategy Scheme. This aimed to ensure a safe and sufficient supply of water to reduce groundwater nitrate concentrations in Nottinghamshire to European Commission water quality requirements. This involved investment in water treatment works and the development of new sources (via the construction of new borehole pumping stations, and variations of licences for existing borehole abstractions). It also involved extending existing sources on the 'confined' sections of Bunter sandstone aquifer (the traditional source of water supply for Nottinghamshire) which is better protected against nitrates from farming fertilisers, by blending it with the poorer quality water taken from other sections. Work also continued on reinforcing and relining mains for carrying the water to improve pressure and security of supply in order to meet prescribed targets for levels of service.
Other concerns include fluoridation, ammoniation, Cryptosporidia, water hardness and drinking water quality in general. The files also cover the Company's use of technology for plant monitoring and control, and the administration of work schemes, including dealing with contractors at the various groundwater abstraction pumping stations within the Sherwood District: Amen Corner, Barnby Moor, Boughton, Budby, Chequer House, Clipstone, Far Baulker, Fishpool, Markham Clinton, Normans Hollow, Ompton, Rainworth, Rufford, Rushley, Sunnyside and Clipstone Forest (all in Nottinghamshire).
Most items date from 1989 but include a number of reports from the period of Severn Trent Water Authority (1974-1989), including a series on groundwater pumping stations, and a file of National Coal Board Damage Notices for 1977-1981.
The series of colour photographs [RST/Ph] document maintenance works and repairs to burst mains within the Nottingham District, and tend to feature roadworks.
At present there is only one plan, dated c.1998-9 for a link main at Strelley, Nottingham [RST/P].