Abberton Reservoir

Abberton Reservoir is one of two water storage reservoirs that supply drinking water to our customers in Essex. Abberton Reservoir is situated 8km southwest of Colchester, holds 46 billion litres of water and covers 660ha.

Water is pumped from the River Stour through two large underground pipelines to fill Abberton Reservoir. The water is pumped from the reservoir to the nearby Layer-de-la-Haye Water Treatment Works, where it is cleaned and pumped into the distribution system to supply drinking water to our customers in the areas of Witham and south to Romford, including Chelmsford, Brentwood, and Billericay.

Since Abberton Reservoir was originally built in the 1930’s it has been enlarged and enhanced as part of the Abberton Scheme. The Abberton Scheme secures water supplies to Essex for generations to come, ensuring we are prepared for the future.

The reservoir and some 317ha of surrounding land are subject to a Bird Sanctuary Order and the reservoir is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area under the Habitats Regulations and a Ramsar Site – a wetland of international importance. These designations are because of the number and species of wildfowl, waterfowl and other birds that visit Abberton Reservoir.

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