Portsmouth plans new reservoir for cross border supply

Portsmouth Water has announced plans to build a new reservoir to support the water resource position of the south east region.

In its draft Water Resource Management Plan, published last Monday, Portsmouth said that while it can meet in-area demand without the new facility, it intended to develop a reservoir at Havant Thicket to enable it to transfer water to neighbouring water stressed Southern.

Neville Smith, managing director of Portsmouth Water said: “An exciting part of our plan is a new major water resource for the South East – a reservoir at Havant Thicket. This reservoir will help us share our other water resources with other water companies and increase the reliability of our customer supplies. We do not expect building this new resource to have any impact on customers’ bills as it will be funded by charges for the transfer of water from our other resources to neighbouring companies.”

Portsmouth is consulting until 25th May 2018 on the draft plan, which also features a 15% leakage reduction and more water metering.

See March’s THE WATER REPORT for more information on the Havant Thicket plan.