Cheddar reservoir surveying work begins

An artists' impression of the possible site for a new reservoir in Cheddar, Somerset The new reservoir will be about 200m (650ft) from the existing facility

Surveying work has begun as part of plans to build a new reservoir near to the existing facility in Cheddar.

Bristol Water said the new reservoir is necessary to meet the demands of a growing population.

Jeremy Williams, from Bristol Water, said they would find out more information about the geology of the site to help them prepare a design.

The eight-week survey will be followed by public consultation on the scheme next year.

The company has also said it hopes to submit a formal planning application in December 2013.

If built, the new reservoir would be about 200m (650ft) from the existing facility.

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