Water demand

Anglian Water has launched a £115m Wing Water project for engineering and environmental works at Rutland Water, the company’s largest reservoir.

Mott MacDonald is supporting Anglian Water in programme management and also in the feasibility study, design and environmental management of the project.

The project, expected to be completed in 2010, will allow Anglian Water to extract up to 90m extra litres of water a day from the reservoir to meet growing demand in the region.

It will provide an additional 41km of new pipeline; extend the water treatment works at Wing; and add 84ha of lagoons and wetland areas to safeguard the large numbers of wildfowl that depend on the reservoir. The new wetland areas will be maintained by an independent water supply, ensuring that wildlife is not disturbed if water levels in the main reservoir fluctuate.

Mott MacDonald project manager Quentin Rea said: ‘This is a crucial scheme both in terms of securing the future water supply for the east midlands and protecting the reservoir’s rare wildlife habitats.’

He added: ‘We have been able to support Anglian Water with a remarkable range and depth of expertise and are enormously proud of our role in this major project.’