Work on a new 500km pipeline that will pump water from wetter parts of north Lincolnshire in the UK to drier parts in Suffolk and Essex has moved a step closer as new planning applications were submitted.
Anglian Water formally submitted plans for the 70km section of the pipe from Bexwell, near Downham Market in west Norfolk, to Bury St Edmunds.
The UK water company is set to nbegin consultations before putting in a planning application for the 90km section between Grantham, in Lincolnshire, to Bexwell, via Peterborough.
Proposals for the section from Bury St Edmunds to Ipswich and Colchester are expected to be published within the next 12 months.
Work on the £500 million (€581 million) project started in the summer in north Linconshire with the first sections of the pipeline being laid.
The entire scheme is expected to be finished by the end of 2025.
The plans for the Bexwell to Bury section were submitted to West Suffolk, East Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk councils in August.
The project is part of AW's Resources Management Plan, which looks forward 25 years ahead.
Without taking this action, the company says the East of England would face a water deficit of 30 million litres a day by 2025.
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