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Largest water infrastructure project in a generation reaches halfway stage

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Engineers in the UK have now completed the first half of a 24 km pipeline between Lincoln and Ancaster.
The pipeline, almost twice as long as the M6, and running from Lincolnshire to Essex will address the 30 million litre a day water shortage facing the east of England.
Rebecca Pow, Environment Minister, and Caroline Johnson, MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, visited Lincoln to mark an important milestone for the region’s Strategic Pipeline Alliance (SPA) - the largest water infrastructure project the UK has seen for a generation.
This is just one section of the project which, in total, will create hundreds of kilometres of interconnecting pipelines to address water scarcity across the east of England.
During the visit, Minister Pow spoke to the engineers onsite and also heard from beneficiaries of the Government’s Kickstart scheme, which delivers funding and employment for 16-24-year-olds who are currently in receipt of Universal Credit.
SPA will be crucial in addressing the future imbalance of water availability in the region, where an estimated water deficit of 30 million litres a day could be expected by 2025.
It forms part of Anglian Water’s Water Resources Management Plan, which looks 25 years ahead to make the East resilient to drought.
SPA will create the ability to move water in stages from wetter parts of North Lincolnshire to the south and east of the region.
The new pipeline will also strengthen local resilience as the population continues to grow, by reducing the number of homes and businesses which rely on a single water source.