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Factfile: Conservation & leisure

Roadford reservoir
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Roadford reservoir

Water companies have a responsibility to protect the environment.

Three important areas are:

  • Nature conservation/ecology
  • Archaeology and historic buildings
  • Landscape

The work of a water company will have an impact on the environment. Laying pipelines or building a new water or sewage treatment works can cause disruption for a short time.

However, the benefits are long term for example, sewage treatment schemes improve the quality of waste water returned to the environment.

When a reservoir is built, some habitats are lost because of flooding. But, with careful planning, new habitats are created.

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