One of the significant new projects identified in our Water Resources Management Plan 2014 is to add a new reservoir to our existing site at Arlington. This will meet the demand for water of those living and working in East Sussex but will also offer even more opportunities for habitat creation, tourism and recreation on the site.
We currently anticipate the new reservoir could hold 3900 million litres of water supplying up to 22 million litres of extra water each day.
Proposed extension of Arlington Reservoir site
What we’re working on now
Between 2015 and 2018 we will be carrying out a series of the feasibility studies and environmental surveys at the proposed Arlington Site.
The results of these studies will then be included in our next Water Resources Management Plan which is due for submission to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in 2018/19.
Our long term plans
Projects of this size take a lot of planning which is why we begin thinking about them so far in advance, the new reservoir at Arlington is in our plan to be completed by 2036.
Any final proposals will need to go through the traditional planning process at a later date once all studies have concluded.
• Predicted cost: £129 million
• Capacity: Could hold 3,900 million litres of water
• Daily supply: An extra 22 million litres of water to the area, the equivalent of 275,000 baths
• Opportunities: New recreational facilities which may include angling, walking and bird watching
• Environment: Enhanced biodiversity through habitat creation, protection of current SSSI
2014 Water Resources Management Plan: www.southeastwater.co.uk/wrmp