The British Dam Society
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About Dams

Back to opening pageUses for Reservoirs

For centuries, the world's water resources have been developed to benefit mankind. The construction of dams to create reservoirs has served many purposes.

These are some common uses for reservoirs:

They are also used to regulate the flow of water in rivers. Water can be released from the reservoir during drier seasons to support wildlife and the environment downstream, and to provide a resource for human uses.