Improving your water supply: A new Lincoln to Ancaster pipeline
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.
Our 25-year Water Resources Management Plan sets out how we will manage water across our region. The plan aims to tackle four key challenges – climate change, environmental protection, population growth and the risk of drought.
Together, these challenges make our region particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including drought and flood. The East of England is officially classed as ‘water stressed’, meaning we must make careful use of this most precious resource to balance supply and demand.
A new pipeline running from south of Lincoln to Ancaster forms part of our plans. The 25km pipe from Waddington to Ancaster will increase reliability and reduce the number of homes and businesses in the area which currently rely on a single pipeline for all their water needs.
The pipeline was originally part of a bigger scheme called the Lincoln to Grantham pipeline. Following a review, we decided to divide up the original scheme and bring this section into service earlier.
The revised section will eventually join up with future pipelines to connect new supplies from the north of Lincoln with communities around Grantham.
We held an online virtual event between 6 July and 20 July 2020 which contained all the information you would expect to see at a physical event we might hold in a village hall or community centre.
If you were unable to visit the virtual event, the materials can be found below.
Although our event is now closed, if you would like to contact us about the pipeline, or have any questions or queries about our planned work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions
What happened to the original Lincoln to Grantham route?
The revised Lincoln to Ancaster pipeline was originally part of a bigger scheme called the Lincoln to Grantham pipeline. Following a review, we decided to divide up the original scheme to bring the Lincoln to Ancaster section into service earlier, providing customers in the area with a more resilient water supply.
Have any changes been made to the route?
Yes, we have made some changes. For example, the route now avoids the High Dike Site of Special Scientific Interest, near Ancaster, and archaeological sites around Navenby and Ancaster. Adjustments have also been made to minimise impacts on farmers along the route.
Can I see the route on a map?
Yes. A map of the route is shown below.
Are other pipelines planned?
Yes. We are building a series of interconnecting pipelines across the region to improve our water network and ensure we make best use of our water resources. The Lincoln to Ancaster pipeline will eventually join up with the other pipelines.
What is a Water Resources Management Plan?
Every five years we write our Water Resource Management Plan (WRMP) which sets out how we will manage the water supplies to meet current and future needs over a minimum of 25 years. The WRMP defines our strategy to deliver long-term, best value, sustainable water supplies to our customers. You can read more about it here.
Is any work taking place at the moment?
Yes. We are carrying out surveys (or field work) at the moment. This means people in high-visibility jackets are doing environmental surveys and work to investigate sites of archaeological interest.
When will construction of the pipeline begin and how long will it last?
Site preparation and construction is due to start in late 2020. The Lincoln to Ancaster pipeline will take approximately three to four years to complete.
Will the work be disruptive?
Generally the “working corridor” in which the pipe is laid is about 40 metres wide, so there may be some short-term impact on the communities along the route. However, we will work hard to minimise any impact and we will share more information about the specifics of the work as our plans develop.
Why is the engagement event virtual?
Because of COVID-19 and the unprecedented times we are facing, we think it’s important to try new ways of engaging with our customers. Our virtual event contained all the information you would expect to see at a real-world event in a village hall or community centre.
How do I tell you what I think?
You can respond either:
By using the feedback function within the virtual event or
Via the Live Chat function within the virtual room.
If you cannot make the Live Chat sessions, you can still ask questions offline and our project team will respond via email.
How much will the pipelines cost?
We are investing about £500million over five years.