A scheme to build a huge reservoir in Somerset has moved a step closer after being approved by Sedgemoor District Council. The £125m storage facility would be built close to the existing Cheddar reservoir to meet increasing demand for supplies.
Bristol Water needs final approval from Ofwat before the plans can go ahead. The industry regulator is due to consider the scheme in the autumn. But it could take another year or two before work starts. Archaeologists are currently sweeping the site in advance of any construction work.
A spokesman for Bristol Water said: "The company believes that the 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."
*CGI video from Bristol Water shows how the reservoir might look.
Bristol Water says supplies are now back to normal after more than 20,000 people were left cut off overnight. A burst water main yesterday affected homes and businesses in Burnham, Berrow, Highbridge and Lympsham.
Read the latest details from the water company here.
Thousands of homes in Burnham-on-Sea, Berrow, Highbridge and Lympsham are without water tonight after a mains burst.
Bristol Water has issued an update at 22:50 tonight:
Hundreds of people have been queueing for water at Tesco in Burnham on Sea. 24,000 residents in Somerset were left without water all day after a major water main burst. There are also tanks at Morrisons.
Bristol Water has replaced the pipe on the A38 at the East Brent roundabout but says water is unlikely to be back on before tomorrow morning.
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24 thousand people in the Burnham on Sea area have been without water all day after a major water main burst.
There have been long queues for bottled water at Tesco in Burnham supplied by Bristol Water. There are also water tanks in Morrisons car park. The company has replaced the pipe on the A38 at the East Brent roundabout but says water is unlikely to be back on before tomorrow morning.
North Somerset Council has made a U-turn on plans to close the main road through Barrow Gurney for six months.
Barrow Street was due to be shut to allow Bristol Water to carry out essential work, but the road will be kept open using traffic lights.
The first reservoir to be built in Britain this century is planned for Somerset. Bristol Water wants the £100 million development to go next to the existing one in Cheddar.
People living in the area are being asked for their views as our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland reports.
As the consultation period opens on Bristol Water's plans for a second reservoir in Cheddar, our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland caught up with people visiting the existing one. He asked them what they think of the scheme, which includes an aerial walkway, cafe and swimming area.
A consultation begins today on a second reservoir in Cheddar. Bristol Water wants to spend £100 million building on land next to the current one. The company says it is needed as more people move into the area.