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Anglian Water plans 43 mile pipeline to link region’s dry north with ‘wetter’ south

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Anglian Water has submitted a series of planning applications to build a 43.5 mile (70km) pipeline between Bexwell near King’s Lynn in west Norfolk to Bury St Edmunds to head off looming water shortages by diverting water from the wetter north of the region to the drier south and east.

The pipeline is part of a multi-million pound investment into hundreds of miles of interconnecting pipelines to prevent water scarcity and part of the company's strategic pipeline project, which it describes as the largest UK drinking water infrastructure project in a generation. The pipeline will connect existing infrastructure and will include five new pumping stations and three drinking water storage tanks and work should start on site next year subject to planning consent.

Overall, the project will involve up to 500km of interconnecting pipelines to take water from the wetter parts of north Lincs to the drier south and east of the region. It will also strengthen the local resilience of water supplies. The project is part of a plan which forsees the East of England facing a water deficit of 30 million litres a day by 2025 in the absence of action. Strategic pipeline alliance director for Anglian Water, James Crompton said: “The strategic pipeline is vital in addressing the predicted future imbalance where demand for water greatly outstrips the available resources in the east of England. It is the most fundamental challenge Anglian Water faces in its region, due to the combined impact of a rapidly growing population, climate change and being located in the most water-scarce part of the UK."

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 August 2021 07:16 )