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New £13m waterworks will help keep the taps running in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 12:58 24 June 2014

Official opening of Anglian Waters East Hills Treatment Works in Costessey in 2011. High lift pump station.

Official opening of Anglian Waters East Hills Treatment Works in Costessey in 2011. High lift pump station.

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A new £13m water treatment works is being built on the outskirts of Norwich to help meet growing demands in the area.

The Anglian Water scheme at Postwick, to the east of Norwich, is designed to secure water supplies for homes and industry in the area, and is in addition to the water treatment works already at Waterworks Road, Heigham and in Costessey.

The new works will process 7.5 million litres of water a day – which is equivalent to 95,000 baths.

The scheme comes after the 2012 drought and is being developed to tackle predicted water shortages in the region, which is the driest part of the country, but also one of the fastest growing.

An Anglian Water spokesman added there was an existing borehole on the Postwick site, which was not being used, and said that water would not be diverted from any other area.

Bosses said they were not expecting any controversy around the plans. The construction site is immediately adjacent to the A47 slip road, and, as a result, construction related traffic will not pass through the village unnecessarily. There will be no road closures or diversions during the 12-month duration of the work.

Satnam Kaur, from Anglian Water, said: “This scheme is our response to the challenge of keeping the taps in Norwich running in the face of a growing population.

“We have planned the work carefully to minimise any disruption, but we know a project like this may cause some disturbance and we apologise in advance.

“We hope residents appreciate the positive impact this project will have on increasing the water supply in the Greater Norwich area.”

Last summer bosses at Anglian Water warned that without immediate investment, Norwich and the Broads, Hunstanton and Fenland would face water shortages between 2015 and 2040. An Anglian Water spokesman said that more money would be invested in the region in the next few years.

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