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To: The Secretary of State for the Environment

Stop Thames Water’s costly mega-reservoir – fix the leaks!

Stop this from becoming the next water company scandal.
Thames Water leaks over 600 million litres of water per day. Instead of focusing on fixing this they want to build a destructive £2 billion pound mega reservoir, paid for by us.

Why is this important?

The reservoir could only replace a fraction of the water they lose through leaks and, studies show, it would be unlikely to provide water in droughts.

Why does Thames Water want to do this? A mega reservoir would be an asset on their balance sheet, rather than the ongoing cost of fixing leaks.

By ignoring and not costing major issues such as flooding and safety, Thames Water has grossly under-estimated the cost of the reservoir in their aim to promote it over more sustainable options such as fixing leaks, water transfer and desalination. These solutions would also be more reliable in droughts and much quicker to implement. This would prevent unnecessary continued damage to our chalk streams and hose pipe bans for at least 7 years before the reservoir can possibly be delivered.

Those that have looked in detail at the proposals - including local MPs and Councils of all political persuasions - all conclude that it is a deeply flawed project that is being driven by commercial ambition rather than what is best for a safe and secure future water supply.

How it will be delivered

We aim to deliver the petition in person to the Secretary of State, or their representative, at the Defra offices in London.
GARD and CPRE Oxfordshire were successful in challenging Thames Water in a 2010 Public Inquiry. Now we need to take action again. With your help we can win once more, this time for good!

Oxfordshire, UK

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