666 and rising – UK reservoir plans in the spotlight

Security of supply in the face of climate change has forced the issue of new reservoirs up the agenda. They will have to be much more than just water storage facilities.

Climate change and the prospect of less predictable water supplies is focusing attention on long-term reservoir management and development in the UK, covering periods that extend far beyond the normal five-year range of the Asset Management Plans (AMPs) prepared by Ofwat.

Anxieties over security of supply mean that by law, UK water companies must produce robust 25-year resource plans, which...

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