A new £44 million reservoir and water facility serving Lincoln has officially turned on its taps, providing 20 million litres of high standard drinking water to homes and businesses.
Hall Water Treatment Works, built close to Newton-on-Trent, uses new UV light technology to purify previously untreatable water.
River water will be pumped two kilometres to the newly constructed 20 acre reservoir – roughly the size of 11 football pitches – which holds 300 million litres of water and was carved out of the ground using satellite controlled excavation machinery.
From here, up to 20 million litres every day will be treated before it is supplied to homes and businesses in south Lincolnshire.
Water from the new treatment station and reservoir should start reaching taps in Lincoln in the next two weeks.
The new Hall water treatment works was officially opened by Mr Tony Worth, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire on Wednesday, July 2.
The opening celebrations were attended by representatives from Lincolnshire County Council and the Chamber of Commerce, and representatives from the communities that will be served by it.
Peter Simpson, Chief Executive of Anglian Water Group, said: “Between now and the end of the decade, Lincolnshire is expected to continue to grow at a faster rate than the national average.
“For this county to continue to grow, and for its businesses to continue to prosper, it’s vital that services like water are readily available to the communities and businesses which rely on them.
“Investments like this should give people confidence that Lincolnshire will remain an attractive place in which to live and do business for many years to come.
“We’re committed to playing our part in securing the region’s future by making investments like this. Hall Water Treatment Works is a major part of our £327 million investment in the county’s water and water recycling infrastructure between 2010 and 2015.”
The treatment works has been named Hall WTW in memory of Gavin Hall, a much respected colleague and a key member of Anglian Water’s team who sadly passed away before the project was completed. Gavin’s family attended the opening ceremony on Wednesday.
Planning for Hall water treatment works was approved in April 2012, with the entire site being constructed in just 18 months.
The construction included a large pumping station, which is capable of taking up to 64 million litres of water a day from the River Trent, four kilometres of pipes and the new treatment works, which includes filters 1/20th the thickness of a hair and ultra-violet light to disinfect the water.