Water starts to fill Hall Reservoir

£44 million investment will support City growth and combat future droughts across the county.

One of the most innovative water treatment works ever constructed has been officially turned on today (2nd July).

The £44 million facility, called Hall Water Treatment Works, has been built close to Newton-on-Trent and will take water from the River Trent. The cutting-edge technology used in its construction means previously untreatable water from the Trent can, for the first time, be purified to the very highest drinking water standards.

River water will be pumped two kilometres to a newly constructed 20 acre reservoir – roughly the size of 11 football pitches – which holds 300 million litres of water. From here, up to 20 million litres every day will be treated using processes unique in the UK, before it is supplied to homes and businesses in south Lincolnshire.

This new water source will help underpin the region’s growth and ensure there will be enough water for Lincolnshire’s future. This is despite climate change increasing the risk of droughts and population growth meaning more people will need to rely on what is already a scarce resource.

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.”

Elsewhere in the county, Anglian Water is investing £40m on a 60km pipeline that will 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’s able to be supplied to the growing industry on the Humber Bank.

The new Hall water treatment works was officially opened by Mr 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.

Guests were also invited to offer their support for a pledge outlining a commitment to work collaboratively to support the region’s industries, communities, economy and growth, as well as to protect the area from the impacts of a changing climate.

They were entertained by Big Beat - an acoustic collective whose instruments are entirely made up of recycled material including used water pipes.

Peter continued: “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.”

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 huge pumping station, which is capable of taking up to 64 million litres of water a day from the River Trent
  • Four kilometres of pipes
  • A 20 acre storage reservoir which holds 300 million litres of water ready for treatment – enough to supply the whole of Lincoln for three weeks
  • This reservoir was carved out of the ground using satellite controlled excavation machinery
  • The new treatment works, which includes filters 1/20th the thickness of a hair and ultra-violet light to disinfect the water.

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.

Environment Minister Dan Rogerson said: “Improving the management of our water supplies is not only good for the environment but for the economy too. I am pleased the industry is taking steps to improve water resilience to support regional growth and help build a stronger economy.”

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “We want to encourage the communities and nationally important businesses which call Lincolnshire home to continue to grow in the coming years. But, we know this is only possible when companies like Anglian Water invest in the infrastructure we need.

“We are pleased to see this level of regional investment including this new state-of-the-art water treatment works and recognise the important role a resilient water supply has to play in supporting the growth of Lincolnshire.

“The opening event today also highlighted the willingness of local authorities and businesses in our region to work together in collaboration to support the region’s growing population, and increase Lincolnshire’s resilience to the impacts of our changing climate.”

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