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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 REMAIN A THREAT

In 2010 the Inspector chairing the Public Inquiry concluded that TW’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 water needs (entirely for London) from one, or more, of the following.

  • Further development of water re-use.
  • Water transfer from R. Severn to R. Thames on a top up basis as required periodically.
  • A new reservoir of,as yet, unspecified capacity (could be Abingdon UTR).

GARD’s firm belief, after thorough professional investigation, is that bulk transfer from R Severn will prove to be the most appropriate, least costly and least environmentally damaging option. Above all, it offers very significant scope for any future increased water supply needs for London, particularly when further water resources are offered from both Severn Trent and the United Utilities’ Vyrnwy reservoir which 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.  There is no need for an Abingdon reservoir of any size.


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


“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. CLICK TO READ Hon Chairman’s Report bullet

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The previously proposed Abingdon reservoir layout.

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