The scheme is being planned to cope with Lincoln’s growing population and the strain this puts on the water supply for domestic and industrial use in the area.

The plans involve taking water from the River Trent and storing it in the reservoir before being treated at a new water treatment works.

The planned reservoir could store as much water as 100 Olympic sized swimming pools and the works would be able to supply 20 megalitres of treated water a day.

The proposed plan for the reservoir site is west of the A1133 near Newton-on-Trent, with the treatment works being situated on the other side of the road. This site would allow Anglian Water to use the naturally sloping landscape to move the water into the works by gravity.

Anglian Water’s John Clare said: “We have looked at getting the water from elsewhere, including the Foss Dyke, the River Witham and groundwater sources, as well as using pipelines to transfer water from other treatment works and reservoirs.

“None of them proved suitable and really, to get the volume of water we need, the Trent looks like the only option.”

The water company is keen to get public support for the scheme and held an exhibition so that people living in the area could see and discuss the plans.

Alison Brown

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