Work on a vital stretch of pipeline from North Lincolnshire, through Norfolk and Suffolk in the UK is set to begin.
Anglian Water wants to begin constructing the section between Grantham and Bexwell, near Downham Market, as part of a strategic pipeline stretching to Bury St Edmunds.
It has applied to West Norfolk Council and four other local authorities along the proposed route for planning permission to be granted.
The water company said the east of England is one of the driest regions in England, with only two thirds of the average rainfall, but is also one of the fastest growing.
In a planning statement, the water company said: "Anglian is building up to 500 km of new interconnecting pipelines which will enable water to be moved around the region more freely from areas of surplus in north Lincolnshire, to the south and east of the region.
"These new pipelines will strengthen local resilience by reducing the number of homes and businesses which rely on a single water source.
"The proposed Grantham to Bexwell pipeline scheme forms part of this new network of interconnecting pipelines and is a critical part of the infrastructure that will collectively tackle the region’s water supply challenges."
In its application, Anglian said the pipeline would enter west Norfolk via Thorney, Guyhirn and Outwell before crossing the River Ouse and the Relief Channel to the north west of Downham Market.
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