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Northamptonshire to get water pumped in from Cambridgeshire

Pitsford Reservoir
Image caption Anglian Water said it wants to relieve pressure on Pitsford Reservoir.

Millions of litres of extra water could be pumped into Northamptonshire to increase supplies for the county.

Anglian Water has submitted plans for two new booster pumping stations to bring in ready-treated water from Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire.

Northamptonshire is still in drought conditions after below average rainfall this winter.

The company said it wanted to spend £8m to build the pumping stations at Melchbourne and Wellingborough.

Councillors in Wellingborough are expected to reach a decision on the application by the end of March.

Anglian Water said the plans would relieve pressure on Pitsford Reservoir, near Northampton, which is currently only 60% full.

Grafham Water supplies 320 million litres of water a day and up to 80 million litres is currently sent to parts of Northamptonshire.

Steve Swan from Anglian Water's special project team said: "Once complete, this scheme will allow us to increase the flow through the water main from Grafham by about 40 million litres a day."

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