Why Birmingham's water comes from Wales
Every day 320 million litres of water travels 73 miles (117 km) from Wales to Birmingham to fill kettles, baths and boilers. But why does it come so far?
It dates back to the Victorian era when Birmingham was a rapidly growing city plagued by illnesses like cholera and typhoid which were caused by contaminated water.
A search for clean water sparked an "amazing feat of ingenuity" to bring it from the Welsh hills to the city.
And a century on repair work is preserving the supply for the next 100 years.
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