WORK has begun on a £40 million water pipeline that will cut through the heart of the Spilsby area.
The new 63 kilometre underground pipe will take water from the Covenham reservoir, near Louth, to Boston.
The work is seen as vital in meeting growing water demands around the Boston area.
Work on the first 40 kilometres from Covenham to Anglian Water’s reservoir at Miningsby will be carried out this year, with the remaining 21km of main from Miningsby to Boston installed in 2013.
When fully completed in two years time, the half-metre-wide pipeline will be able to carry 26 million litres of water south every day.
Steve Swan from Anglian Water’s Special Projects team, said: “The population of Boston is expected to rise significantly over the next 25 years and that will put pressure on existing supplies.
“We also want to make sure supplies are protected in the unlikely event of a problem with the water treatment works supplying the town. This pipeline is our response. It is also a major investment in Lincolnshire and its future.
“The reservoir at Covenham has more than enough water to supply its local area and other parts of the county, so a pipeline from there to Boston was an obvious solution.
He added: “We live in a region with low rainfall, faced with a growing population and the threat of climate change. If we are to meet these challenges and continue to thrive then projects like this are vital.”
Although the pipeline will take two years to complete, the work will be broken down into phases and spread along the 60 km route to reduce activity at specific locations.
Steve Swan said: “This is clearly a big job but we and our contractors, JN Bentley, are determined to keep disturbance to a minimum and make sure people are kept informed throughout.
“Much of the work will take place on farmland and away from people’s homes. However, there will be increased traffic in some places from time to time. There will also be work compounds along the route and some of the work may well be visible to a lot of people.”
The first thing people are likely to see is the removal of fencing and hedges to create a 30-metre-wide work corridor along the route.
Next will be the removal of topsoil, site drainage and the construction of compounds to house materials and plant and to provide facilities for the workforce. With preparations complete installation of the pipe can then begin.
Once the pipeline is complete the affected land will be restored to its original state.
Steve Swan said: “Our job is to provide the region with a safe, secure supply of high quality drinking water. To do that into the future, we need to plan ahead and continue to invest in our network.
“This scheme is proof of our determination to do just that.”