We’re building a series of interconnecting pipes across the region to improve our water network and ensure we make best use of our water resources – and we want you to have your say.

Click here to see a map of the route

The 34km section will start south of Lincoln, near Waddington, and end near Harrowby, east of Grantham.

It will eventually join up with other planned pipelines to the north and south, forming a network that stretches from North Lincolnshire to Essex. As part of this work, we also plan to build new pumping stations near Waddington and Welby.

We were given permission by North Kesteven District Council and South Kesteven District Council to start work on the first 25km section in the summer of 2021, and permission was given for the remaining 9km in the summer of 2022. 

We made some interesting discoveries during our initial field work, such as wildlife and archaeological surveys, including two Iron Age skeletons - click here to read more about our finds.

Update on works

Exceptional circumstances, such as Covid-19, labour shortages, supply issues caused by the war in Ukraine, and rising inflation, have impacted large infrastructure programmes across the country. Our Strategic Pipeline project is no exception.

In addition, we have experienced unprecedented weather conditions with 10 extreme storms since September 2023. Britain has had the wettest 18 months since records began, and many areas in our region saw double the average.

We have 130km of the whole pipeline in the ground and remain fully committed to delivering the entirety of the project. However, construction in the north is being rephased under a new timetable, with an updated construction programme being made available in Summer 2024.

Traffic management 

We have worked hard to keep disruption to a minimum but, to ensure the safety of our teams and of road users, traffic management will be in place at various points. Click here to see a map showing the impacted areas.

We will be using several techniques, so we are able to keep traffic flowing, including temporary two-way traffic lights and roads cones to section off small areas of a carriageway.

There will also be a limited number of temporary road closures. They will have an official diversion route which will be clearly signposted. 

We have worked closely with Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department to minimise the impact. 

Access for residents will be maintained throughout and where closures are in place diversions for road users will be available. Please look out for the advance warning signs which will be in place prior to the roads closing.

Our impact

We’re continuing to keep the impact on communities along the route, and the environment, to a minimum.

If you would like to contact us about the pipeline, or have any questions or queries about our planned work, please email strategicpipelines@anglianwater.co.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)