Thames Water considers options to combat major water shortage

A water shortage in the Thames Water area could be tackled by schemes such as desalination, re-use, transfers and a massive new reservoir

A 150 million cubic metre reservoir is being mooted for Abingdon. Photograph: stargatechris/123RFA huge new reservoir, desalination, bulk transfers and water re-use are among the schemes currently being considered by Thames Water to tackle the looming water shortage crisis in its area.

The firm has been investigating a range of options to tackle an expected water deficit of 450 million litres every day (Ml/d) by 2040 and has set out a shortlist in a progress report published in May.

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