Anglian Water opens £44M 'unique' water treatment works
Anglian Water has officially opened its new £44M Hall Water Treatment Works (WTW), which it describes as "one of the most innovative ever constructed". Located near Newton-on-Trent, the facility will enable the Anglian to meet predicted future population growth in Lincolnshire.
The treatment plant will take water from the River Trent. The water will be pumped 2km to a new 300Ml reservoir, from where 20Ml a day will be treated before being supplied to homes and businesses in south Lincolnshire.
Peter Simpson, chief executive of Anglian Water Group (AWG), 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 £327M investment in the county’s water and water recycling infrastructure between 2010 and 2015.”
The new Hall water treatment works was officially opened by Tony Worth, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire. 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.
Simpson told guests: “Innovation is at the heart of this facility, from the processes it uses to the technologies included in its design. And throughout its construction, we’ve focused on using techniques that minimise our environmental impact. We believe it’s unique in the UK and is one of the most advanced water treatment works ever constructed.”
The construction included:
- A huge pumping station capable of taking up to 64Ml of water a day from the River Trent
- 4km of pipes
- A 20-acre storage reservoir that holds 300Ml of water ready for treatment
- The reservoir was carved out of the ground using satellite-controlled excavation machinery
- The new treatment works features filters that are 1/20th the thickness of a hair and ultra-violet light to disinfect the water
Elsewhere in the county, Anglian Water is investing £40M on a 60km pipeline to transfer water from Covenham to Boston. This will support growth in south Lincolnshire, enabling the Boston area to expand as planned. A further £14M has been invested at Elsham to increase the amount of water that is able to be supplied to the growing industry on the Humber Bank.
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