Abingdon Reservoir: Have Your Say, Thames Water Launch 2nd Public Consultation


8th October 2018

Thames Water has been forced into higher leakage reduction targets, but says the Abingdon reservoir is now needed even sooner than it thought before. Consultation closes 28 November.

Earlier this year CPRE Oxfordshire wrote to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, supporting GARD’s call for a 2nd public consultation on Thames Water’s draft Water Resources Management Plan. In August Thames Water announced that a 2nd public consultation would take place.

A new draft plan has now been published, Public Consultation launched on 3rd October and will close on 28th November. A Summary of the Public Consultation (1st), Statement of Response and Revised draft Water Resources Management Plan 2019 can be read on the Thames Water website . Documents are also attached below.

On a positive note Thames Water have committed to reduce leakage by 50% by 2050. If a 50% reduction is met, it amounts to a saving of 300 million litres per day, equal to the amount which the proposed reservoir would supply: making the case for building a mega-reservoir hard to justify!

Comments and feedback on the Revised Plan can be provided via an online form on the Thames Water website: Have your Say

Send your feedback by email to the Secretary of State at water.resources@defra.gsi.gov.uk putting “Thames Water’s draft water resources management plan” in the subject line. Please also copy the representation to Thames Water at consultations@thameswater.co.uk, the Environment Agency at water-company-plan@environment-agency.gov.uk and Ofwat at wrmp@ofwat.gsi.gov.uk.

In writing via the Secretary of State:
Thames Water’s draft water resources management plan consultation,
Secretary of State, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
c/o Water Resources Policy
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs,
Seacole 3rd Floor, 
2 Marsham Street, 
London SW1P 4DF



Thames Water Statement of Response – Overview
Thames Water Statement of Response – Document List