The £44m project, carried out by Anglian Water, will secure water supplies for the growing population and industry around Lincoln.

Demand for water in the Lincoln and Branston area is forecast to jump from five million litres a day to as much as 20 million litres a day in the coming decades.

Anglian Water’s special projects manager, Steve Swan, said: “This new reservoir and treatment works is our solution to keep Lincoln’s taps running in the face of an expanding population.

“The pumps are now taking water from the River Trent to be stored in the reservoir before it’s treated. The reservoir can hold as much water as 100 Olympic sized swimming pools and will feed the new works which will be able to supply 20 million litres of treated water a day once it’s operational in Summer 2014.”

The location also means the treatment works is above the level of any possible future flooding, and it can connect to the mains from the existing Newton-on-Trent Water Treatment Works to supply the surrounding area.

Leigh Stringer

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