The water reservoir Nová Bystrica was built between 1983 and 1989. It is located on the river Bystrica, in the area below the confluence of the brooks of Harvelka, Stanov potok and Riečnica. “Cholvárkami”. Only the Catholic church from the village of Riečnica remained from the original development.
It serves primarily as a source of raw drinking water, which is directed to the treatment plant and from there it is distributed to the districts of Žilina and Čadca as drinking water, further it serves to contain the flood wave and utilizes its hydro-energy potential.