October 5, 2008

Agency Seeks More Reservoir Evidence

By Gillman, Susanna

Thames Water has been instructed to revise parts of its plan for a reservoir near Abingdon in Oxfordshire by the Environment Agency. In response to the utility's draft water resource management plan (WRMP), the agency said it needs to do further work to prove the need for the project. The reservoir would hold 150 million cubic metres of water.

Thames has already deferred seeking permission while it consults on its 25-year WRMP, but insisted that the project is a priority (Planning, 16 May, p2).

This week, the Environment Agency said it believes that there are other options that need further analysis. It wants the utility to look at improving water efficiency and resolving leakages.

The 16-week public consultation on Thames's WRMP has closed and the company will publish a response to all the comments made in November. Subject to approval by the secretary of state, the final plan will be published next July.

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