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Plans approved for £125m reservoir in Somerset

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.

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Latest on water crisis in the Burnham-on-Sea area

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:

Water is now filling the storage reservoir on Brent Knoll and once we have a sufficient amount in the tanks we will begin restoring supplies across the area in a controlled manner.

This will take a few hours and will mean that as the supply returns more and more homes will get their water back until the water reaches the furthest parts of this network.

– Bristol Water spokesperson

Hundreds queue for water in Burnham on Sea

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.

Updates from Bristol Water can be found on their website by clicking here.

Thousands of homes without water in Burnham on Sea

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.

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