Bristol Water plans to construct a £125m reservoir near the existing one to meet the future water needs of the area.
Sedgemore District Council has unanimously approved the Bristol Water scheme to build a 9,000 million litre reservoir which is still subject to regulatory backing from Ofwat to proceed to next stage of project delivery.
The plans will see the creation of a community orchard, duck decoy pond and a series of cycle paths and walkways in the surrounding area in order to mitigate the environmental impact of the reservoir and to create employment opportunities in water.
Bristol Water said: “We believe that the £125m reservoir, if built, will provide a much needed new source of water in Somerset – as well as being of enormous long term recreational and conservation benefit.
“However, there is still a long way to go before any construction, as the investment must also secure regulatory approval from Ofwat.”
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