A £500m strategic grid investment is at the heart of Anglian Water’s £800m draft Water Resources Management Plan, which is now open for consultation until 1 June.
The intention is to invest in new assets to move water around the region more easily, significantly reducing the likelihood of severe drought restrictions in future. This would include a new main pipeline running from Elsham in North Lincolnshire to South Lincolnshire and a £44m upgrade for the Elsham water treatment works so it can serve the new, larger grid accordingly.
The company recently announced it will kick-start this resilience programme by investing £65m in the next two years – paid for through a reduction in shareholder dividends – on immediate measures to protect the region against water shortages.
Anglian plans to supplement this supply side investment with a further £250m on the demand side, specifically:
£50m to drive leakage down by a further 23% by 2025. This will take Anglian Water to a world-leading low level of leakage.
£180m to roll-out smart meters to thousands more customers.
£21m to continue water efficiency campaigns and initiatives with customers saving 30m litres of water a day by 2045.
The plan also outlines proposals to trade with Affinity Water and Severn Trent.
As the driest region in the country, water resources in the East of England are under increasing pressure from a rapidly growing population, climate change and the needs of the environment.