David Goodliff (ICE Essex branch chair) visited Abberton Reservoir near Colchester this week as part of our national campaign to raise awareness of civil engineering.
This multi-award winning project was completed in December 2013 and was officially opened in June 2015 by Sir David Attenborough.
Essex is the driest county in the UK and Essex & Suffolk Water's Abberton scheme was the first major water resource development in the UK for 30 years. It raised the reservoir's capacity by almost 60% to 41bn litres, and secures water supplies for Essex for many years to come.
Abberton Reservoir is an internationally important site for wildfowl – which this scheme has not only protected but has improved. The scheme was developed with the support of Essex Wildlife Trust and you can visit their visitor centre or visit ESW's website to find out more about the project.