WORK has started on a 63km, underground pipeline which will ensure a future supply of water for the people of Boston.
The £40 million Anglian Water scheme will pipe water from the Covenham reservoir, near Louth, down to Boston, in order to secure supplies for the growing number of people in the borough.
Construction of the first 40km from Covenham to Anglian Water’s reservoir at Miningsby has now begun and will will be carried out throughout the year. The remaining 21km from Miningsby to Boston will be installed in 2013.
When fully completed, the half-metre-wide pipeline will be capable of carrying 26 million litres of water to the south of the county every day.
Steve Swan, from Anglian Water’s special projects team, said: “The population of Boston is expected to rise significantly over the next 25 years and that will put pressure on existing supplies.
“We also want to make sure supplies are protected in the unlikely event of a problem with the water treatment works supplying the town. This pipeline is our response. It is also a major investment in Lincolnshire and its future.
“The reservoir at Covenham has more than enough water to supply its local area and other parts of the county, so a pipeline from there to Boston was an obvious solution.
He added: “We live in a region with low rainfall, faced with a growing population and the threat of climate change. If we are to meet these challenges and continue to thrive then projects like this are vital.”
Much of the work will take place on farmland away from people’s homes. However, there may be an increased amount of traffic in some places across the route and work will be visible to passers-by.
The first thing people are likely to see is the removal of fencing and hedges to create a 30-metre wide work corridor along the route.
Next will be the removal of topsoil, site drainage and the construction of compounds to house materials and plant and to provide facilities for the workforce. With preparations complete, installation of the pipe can then begin.
Once the pipeline is complete the affected land will be restored to its original state.