£40m underground pipeline plan announced for Boston

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A MAJOR £40 million plan to secure water supplies for Boston has been announced.

Anglian Water is planning to install a 63km-long underground pipeline, linking Boston with the company’s reservoir at Covenham near Louth.

A spokesman for the firm said: “The population of Boston is expected to rise significantly over the next 25 years, putting pressure on existing supplies.

“In addition to this, Anglian Water also wants to make sure supplies are protected in the unlikely event of a problem with the water treatment works which currently supply the town.”

The scheme is still in the planning stage and it is too early to say what route the pipeline would take or when work would begin.

The pipe itself would not need planning permission, but a study into the possible impact on things like wildlife and archaeology and would need to be completed.

However pumping stations would need planning permission.

The firm said it will go the public with its plans once they have been finalised later in 2011.