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New strategic water pipeline alliance aims to boost region’s resilience to drought

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Anglian Water has named four contractors who it will form a new strategic pipeline alliance with as part of a £350 million infrastructure contract to move water more freely from surplus areas in north Lincolnshire to where it is scarcer in the south and east of the region.

After a competitive tender, the utility will work with Costain, Farrans, Jacobs and Mott MacDonald Bentley to complete what it says is one of the largest strategic water infrastructure projects the UK has ever seen. It involves the creation of up to 500km of interconnecting pipes and pumping equipment and upgrading existing infrastructure to allow water transfer across Anglian Water's region and make the East resilient to the risks of drought. It forms a key part of Anglian's 25 year water resources management plan.

Strategic pipeline alliance director James Crompton said: "The challenges of population growth and a changing climate are felt nowhere more keenly than here in the East of England, which is one of the driest parts of the UK. Starting this project is a significant part of our planned investment in the region over the next five years, which will begin to tackle those challenges and secure customer supplies well into the future."

Photo: Grafham Water, south west of Huntingdon: Anglian Water pumped an additional 200 million litres of water to homes across the region on some of May's warmest days.

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 June 2020 07:43 )