Water firm reveals £8million plan to help drought hit county

Anglian Water has unveiled a scheme to pump millions of litres of extra water into Northamptonshire every day to increase supplies to the drought hit county.

The company has applied for planning permission to build two new booster pumping stations at Melchbourne and Wellingborough at a cost of around £8 million.

The new stations will increase the company’s ability to bring ready-treated drinking water from Grafham Water in neighbouring Cambridgeshire.

This would relieve the pressure on hard-pressed Pitsford Reservoir which is currently about 60 per cent full – some 20 per cent below where it should be at this time of year – after 18 months of below average rainfall robbed the River Nene of the water needed to top up the reservoir.

By contrast, Grafham Water is more than 90 per cent full. The River Great Ouse which feeds it has held up better than the Nene in the face of the record-breaking dry spell.

Wellingborough Council expect to reach a decision on the application by the end of March.