UK water utility Anglian Water has proposed a plan to invest £6.5 billion (US$8.5 billion) in water management over the 2020–25 period.
The East of England is one of the fastest growing regions in the UK, with a key role in food production; however, it only receives two-thirds of the average national rainfall, creating significant challenges in managing water resources.
The program, which is the largest ever proposed for the region, would address water issues by investing in reducing water leakage and supply interruptions, further developing the water resources management plan, eliminating pollution incidents, improving water and water recycling networks and improving catchment management solutions.
“This is the most ambitious plan we’ve put forward yet with stretching goals that will see us push the frontier in many areas, like leakage, resilience and catchment management, and it’s the biggest investment we’ve ever proposed,” said Anglian Water CEO Peter Simpson.
Mr Simpson said the program reflects the customers’ desires and priorities, and will manage the slight increase in costs with a comprehensive support package that will help 475,000 customers each year.
“The ‘Beast from the East’ and this summer’s heatwave are the kind of extreme weather challenges we’ll see more of in the future as a result of global climate change,” he said.
“The plan we’ve proposed, and the millions of pounds of investment within will tackle these challenges head on to ensure that, as was the case this year, our customer supplies are not impacted by severe weather.
“And despite the likelihood of lower levels of rainfall in the future, it will ensure there are plentiful supplies of safe, quality water for our growing population.
“Our plan proposes to accommodate all of this, and crucially, it will deliver this while protecting the environment, something that we agree with our customers is of paramount importance,” said Mr Simpson.
“We’re confident it’s the right plan for our customers and our region.”
For more information visit the Anglian Water website.
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