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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

 

RESERVOIR PLAN CONTINUES TO POSE A THREAT

In 2010 the Inspector chairing the Public Inquiry concluded that Thames Water’s UpperThames Reservoir (UTR) plan was not fit for purpose and required TW to examine in detail a number of alternatives. TW have since stated that their intention is to meet future increased water needs (arising entirely from London's increased requirements) from one, or a combination, of the following.

  • Further development of water re-use in and around London.
  • Desalination of Thames Estuary water
  • Water transfer from R. Severn to R. Thames on a top up basis as required periodically.
  • A new reservoir of, as yet, unspecified capacity (their favoured site would be Abingdon UTR).

GARD’s VEIW

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


“GARD Chairman Derek Stork has recently briefed local Parish Councils on the Reservoir threat still contained in Thames Water's plans.” CLICK TO READ
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“Nick Thompson announces his retirement after 10 successful years as GARD’s Hon Chairman. He takes Over as Hon. Vice Chairman. Dr Derek Stork was unanimously voted to become Hon Chairman.”
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GARD’s Annual General Meeting was held on 25th April 2016. CLICK TO READ Hon Chairman’s Report bullet

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The previously proposed Abingdon reservoir layout.

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