New £44m waterworks for Lincoln approved

A proposal to build a new reservoir and water treatment works near to Newton-on-Trent has been approved by West Lindsey District Council.

The waterworks and reservoir will cost Anglian Water £44 million to build and will serve the Lincoln area.

As previously reported, it’s hoped the build, which will take around two years, will guarantee good water supplies for Lincoln’s growing population.

The plans include installing a new pumping station by the River Trent into a 20-acre storage reservoir.

The reservoir is capable of holding up to 230 million litres of water.

This water will then be treated to make it suitable for drinking, before being pumped to Lincoln.

The new system will provide the city with 20 million litres of water per day.

Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services for Anglian Water, said: “The current drought affecting our region has highlighted just how important water supplies are.

“The Anglian Water region includes some of the driest and lowest lying parts of the country, putting it on the front line when it comes to the threat of climate change.

“It is also one of the fastest growing parts of the country, so we may face a future with more people and less rain.

“This development will help us to ensure we are making the best use of the available resource and safeguard our customer’s drinking water supplies long into the future.

There is currently a hosepipe ban in Lincolnshire due to the drought over the past 18 months.

Valleley added: “While big engineering solutions like this new reservoir and treatment works are part of the solution, we all need to think carefully about how we use water, and not just in the current drought.

“By being a bit more efficient in our water use at home and at work we can all do our bit to make sure that there is enough to go around now and in the future.”

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Source: Anglian Water | Photo: Joost Bakker