Thames Water is to launch a public consultation on plans to build a new reservoir at Abbingdon, Oxfordshire next month.
The reservoir is needed, Thames says, to increase available water resources in the upper River Thames catchment. The company said it is one of a number of water resource management options being presented as part of the consultation. 'Climate change combined with a growing population and changes in lifestyles will put water supplies under pressure and we are predicting we will need more water in the future,' said Thames Water exhibition manager Eleanor Taylor.'Thames Water has been studying the best ways of reducing water use and improving efficiency, including tackling leakage, but also additional ways of supplying water, including the possibility of a new reservoir in the area.'Residents are being leafleted and invited to a travelling exhibition, which will open at Abbingdon on 14 September.The exhibition will also visit Steventon Village Hall, the Hanney War Memorial Hall in East Hanney and Wantage Civic Hall.A full schedule of exhibition times and venues is included in the leaflet and can also be accessed online from 31 August at www.thameswater.co.uk/utmrd