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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


Act Now to stop the Reservoir Proposal!
Thames Water brings proposes to
bring reservoir forward by 10 years -
construction would begin in 2025 !

Thames have announced that their new plan will propose to bring the Abingdon Reservoir forward to start construction in 2025 (a decade earlier than previously). The size of the reservoir (50% larger than that rejected at the 2010 Public Inquiry) is now more than 50% justified on selling water to other water companies, not just to satisfy London's growth, which Thames have been forced to admit will be less than their original exaggerated figures had proposed. Thames Water are now proposing to make the reservoir a joint project with Affinity Water (which supplies Hertfordshire and parts of Essex and Kent).

It is clear that local residents and businesses have a more pressing fight on our hands than we originally thought. The Thames Water plan still fails to give sufficient economic, environmental or social justification for the reservoir as a 'storage and distribution hub' for the South-east (as it is now styled in Thames Water presentations). Thames Water and Affinity have no prospective water company customers: indeed other SE water companies (South-east Water and Southern Water) have already withdrawn their requests for future supply from Thames The whole project smacks of commercial positioning and speculation even more than ever, and local organisations should oppose it vigorously. GARD pledges to do just this. The best methods of bringing 'new water' into the stressed south-east remain transfer from Wales/River Severn, or water re-use or desalination. These are deliverable earlier than a reservoir, and more flexible and resilient against future climate change.

The second consultation will last until 28th November. GARD will be holding information meetings for residents:
East Hanney Memorial Hall – Friday 9th November , 7.30pm
Drayton, Village Hall – Wednesday 14th November , 7.45pm

Please come along and see why the reservoir proposal is a threat to local life and a bad choice to supply water for the South-East.

Act Now to respond to Thames Water's consultation.
Complete the online response form

or write to the consultation team at water.resources@defra.gsi.gov.uk
with title “Thames Water’s draft water resources management plan” in the subject line.

Copy to

the Environment Agency at

and Ofwat at wrmp@ofwat.gsi.gov.uk.

GARD' summary of the major objections to the proposal to advance the reservoir construction, and to the reservoir itself, can be found here and here.

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.



Thames Water concede the case for a second public consultation - November 2018 -
Thames Water have issued a press statement conceding the case for a second public consultation on their revised Management Plan 2019-2024. - CLICK TO READ MORE  bullet

GARD Chairman briefs Oxfordshire County Councillors on Reservoir Proposals and dangers - September 2018 - The Chairman of GARD, Dr Derek Stork, briefed a meeting of Oxfordshire County Councillors on the Thames Water reservoir proposals.- CLICK TO READ MORE  bullet

Thames Water Draft Plan (dWRMP19) still fails to justify a reservoir! - April 2018 -
GARD submitted a robust rebuttal to TW's plan. - CLICK TO READ MORE bullet

GARD Reservoir briefings given to Local Residents - 6th March 2018 -
GARD Chairman, Derek Stork, has given briefings to local residents about the fallacies and dangers in Thames Water's plans. - CLICK TO READ MORE bullet

Oxford Mail report on Thames Water's new plans: “ACT NOW TO BLOCK RESERVOIR” - 21st February 2018 - CLICK TO READ ARTICLE bullet

“Report by GARD shows that the Abingdon Reservoir would not be resilient against prolonged droughts and could be empty if a succession of dry winters occurred.” CLICK TO READ MORE bullet

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The previously proposed Abingdon reservoir layout.