Thames Water has begun a £1.2M project to almost double the capacity of its Rapsgate storage reservoir near Cirencester, taking the total capacity to 1.17M.l.
Work has begun on building a second cell on the reservoir, which will hold 500,000l of water. The existing reservoir cell holds 670,000l. The project will be completed in April 2012.
The addition of a new cell means the original reservoir can be drained and inspected once every 10 years without any disruption to supply.
Thames Water head of capital delivery Lawrence Gosden said the project will “reinforce” Thames Water’s water supply. “We are required to inspect our reservoirs every 10 years so this work is essential, as Rapsgate is a critical reservoir and cannot be taken out of service,” he said. Rapsgate serves 1,268 homes.