New major pipeline to be built by Anglian Water to ease water shortages
The planned 57 km pipe would move water from North Lincolnshire to the southern part of the county where rainfall is more scarce.
The water company said the pipeline’s importance “cannot be understated” and is “critical in helping us secure water supplies across our region for many years to come”.
The pipeline will stretch from Elsham in the north to Waddington near Lincoln in the south.
Planning applications are in the process of being submitted to the City of Lincoln, West Lindsey, North Kesteven and North Lincolnshire local authorities.
The pipeline will be buried below ground, and will be capable of carrying 55 million litres of water per day.
The proposal includes a 3km spur at Bracebridge Heath and a 1.5km spur at Welton.
The scheme is part of the largest infrastructure project Anglian Water has ever undertaken in order to deal with climate change and rising water demands.
It says that the east of England in particular faces a huge challenge, with a growing population and drier weather. Without action, the region would have a shortfall of 30 million litres a day by 2025.
Above ground, there will be a nitrate plant and reservoir near Elsham, and a pumping station at Welton.
The application states: “The east of England is officially classed as ‘water stressed’ meaning we must make careful use of this precious resource to balance supply and demand in the region.
“To tackle this challenge, Anglian Water is taking a twin-track approach to planning for the future, reducing demand through reducing leakage, installing smart meters and investing in water efficiency measures whilst also looking at new ways to supply water, reducing the amount of water taken from rivers and boreholes.”