Grigg, Neil S. Department of Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
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A place or containment area where water is stored. Where large volumes of water are to be stored, reservoirs usually are created by the construction of a dam across a flowing stream. When water occurs naturally in streams, it is sometimes not available when needed. Reservoirs solve this problem by capturing water and making it available at later times. See also: Dam
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