Water company outlines plan for new infrastructure in Huntingdonshire

Anglian Water says it is working hard to reduce leaks.

Anglian Water says it is working hard to reduce leaks. - Credit: Archant

Millions of pounds will be pumped into Huntingdonshire over the next year as part of Anglian Water’s latest investment plans.

The water company is set to spend the money on a list of projects, most notably at the Grafham Water Treatment Works on the outskirts of Perry.

It plans to spend £10 million installing additional back-up generators at the plant to make it more resilient to power cuts, as well as ensuring water can continue to be pumped to homes from Huntingdon to Milton Keynes.

Some £1.5 million is also destined for the treatment works to remove chlorine gas equipment, helping to minimise the risk of future gas leaks.

And a further £800,000 will be allocated to reservoirs at Grafham Water and other sites across the region for biodiversity projects, such as monitoring nightingales.

Across the region, Anglian is planning to invest more than £400million.

Jane Taylor, head of customer services, said: “We’re always doing every-thing we can to be even more efficient at running the business, which translates into value for money for our customers.

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“To strike the right balance we’re continuing to keep costs as low as possible long term while still investing heavily in the things customers care about most.

“For an average of £1.15 per day you get all your clean water for washing and

drinking, plus, all your sewerage services included in the cost, which takes the dirty water away, cleans it and returns it safely to the environment.”

More than £360,000 will also be spent connecting rural homes and businesses in Woodwalton to the sewage system, as well as a slice of £15 million to keep Cambridgeshire sewers clear of fatbergs and wipes, and £17 million to stop leaks.

Paul Valleley, water services director for Anglian Water, said: “We hate leaks as much as our customers do and we’re determined to keep reducing them.

He added: “We now have a 300-strong leakage team, working on projects such as our innovative pressure management scheme that dramatically reduce the number of bursts. We’ve even got drones with thermal cameras finding leaks from the air.”

Region-wide, it predicts that 540 billion litres of water will be treated and supplied across the region next year.