A £7 million new water treatment plant is being brought forward by Anglian Water in Grimsby.
The utility giant is looking to invest on an existing site it operates in the town, with the process to remove excess nitrates from water held in reservoirs in Lincolnshire.
A planning application is anticipated imminently, with initial consultations now held.
If successful, work could start at Little Coates Water Treatment Works in the summer, with an 18 month construction period envisaged.
Nitrates enter the water supply through the use of fertilisers in the agriculture industry, and if left untreated, could eventually pose a risk to people’s health, Current levels are well below what threshold.
Anglian Water wants to build the plant as a pre-emptive measure, cleaning the water supply before nitrate levels build up further.
The company has stressed that the treatment plant would be an odourless facility to deal purely with water coming from local reservoirs which serve the Grimsby area.
Will Dobson, the project’s technical manager, said: “We are in the process of designing a new water treatment plant, which will be based on our site off Chelmsford Avenue.
“This plant will be used to treat water from our local reservoir system and remove and dilute any nitrates that are in the water.
“Anglian Water has predicted that in the next five years, the level of nitrates in the water will reach levels that it does not deem acceptable and the creation of this plant will mediate that and allow us to tackle this prior.
“We are investing in this plant so we can ensure that the water in the northern Lincolnshire area is as clean and nitrate-free as possible.”
A submission to North East Lincolnshire is anticipated in February.
The company revealed a £6.5 billion investment programme for 2020-2025 in late 2018, with hundreds of millions to be spent across northern Lincolnshire.
The huge spend on infrastructure included £100 million to build new water treatment capacity in Grimsby and at Elsham, to increase resilience to droughts. It will come as nearly double that will be invested in a county-wide scheme to create new interconnecting pipes that can move water around the region wherever and whenever needed.
There will also be an £11 million project to protect the Anglian Water raw water borehole from agricultural pollution in Irby, described as an essential source for drinking water, as well as a £7 million spend on a new bio-digester at Grimsby’s Pyewipe Sewage Treatment Works. This will convert sewage into soil fertiliser for farms, while generating clean energy too.
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