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This website has been created using the best information available to GARD at the time of its compilation. The opinions expressed are based on GARD’s perception of the issues involved and the stance taken by Thames Water

 

MEGA-RESERVOIR PLAN NOW ON THAMES WATER's 'SHORTLIST' OF OPTIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT

In spite of the Inspector's ruling at the 2010 Public Inquiry which concluded that Thames Water’s Upper Thames Reservoir (UTR) plan was not fit for purpose and required TW to examine in detail a number of alternatives, TW have since revived their plan, and it is now one of the shortlisted options for development in their draft Water Resources Management Plan for 2019-2024 (dWRMP19). Their shortlisted options to meet future increased water needs (arising entirely from London's increased requirements) will now be refined over the coming 6 months to propose a programme which will feature a combination, of some, but not all, of the following.

  • Construction of water Re-use plants in and around London.
  • Construction of more Desalination plants for Thames Estuary water
  • Water transfer from R. Severn to R. Thames on a top up basis as required periodically.
  • More abstraction of water from the Thames below Teddington Weir, and
  • A huge new reservoir of up to 150 Million cubic metres capacity (ie. up to 50% larger than the rejected 2010 plan!) at the site of the previous Abingdon UTR proposal.

GARD’s VIEW

We believe strongly, after thorough professional investigation, that there is no need for an Abingdon reservoir of any size. GARD's researches show that there is enough water for London's increased population needs, even with climate change taken into account from the following environmentally sustainable sources:

  • bulk transfer of raw water from River Severn to the River Thames (the least costly option);
  • increased water re-use in the London area;
  • more water desalination plants in the Thames; and, very importantly.
  • reducing Thames Water's very poor leakage rate (amongst the worst of all the country's water companies).

All these sources can supply enough water in future climate change and prolonged drought scenarios. This is in contrast to the reservoir, which we have demonstrated, would not sustain supplies in a prolonged drought. In particular, transfer of water from the Severn by both Severn Trent and the United Utilities’ Vyrnwy reservoir in N Wales have not yet been properly addressed by Thames Water. These will have the major advantage of eliminating any dependency on supplies from the over-abstracted R Thames flow or from ground water within TW’s region.


ABOUT GARD (Group Against Reservoir Development). GARD is a group of individuals whose aim is to identify and promote viable solutions to meet the future needs of water users in the Thames Water Region. GARD is advised by eminent water industry practitioners. Our committee is composed of voluntary, unpaid members with technical experience, each of whom is free from any political or vested interests. Click here for names of committee members and advisors.

 

 
LATEST NEWS


Thames Water have been fined £8.5M by OFWAT for their 'unacceptable leakage performance' - 14th June 2017. CLICK TO READ MORE bullet

GARD held a well-attended public meeting at East Hanney on 12th June 2017 – to alert the public to Thames Water's plans.. CLICK TO READ MORE bullet

GARD's Annual General Meeting was held on 25th April 2017. We are now gearing up for an intensified battle with Thames Water's reservoir plans. CLICK TO READ bullet

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The previously proposed Abingdon reservoir layout.

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