Mott MacDonald will partner with consultancy Adams Hendry to lead the delivery of the Development Consent Order (DCO).
WD News: Mott MacDonald and Adams Hendry Consulting Ltd have been appointed to secure planning permission for a water transfer scheme designed to help safeguard England’s water supply.
Developed by Affinity Water and Severn Trent Water, with support from the Canal & River Trust, the proposal will see the Grand Union Canal upgraded to allow up to 115M litres per day of treated wastewater to be transported from the Midlands to the Southeast. Water will then be abstracted from the canal and treated for public water supply in the southeast.
Water in the UK may appear plentiful, but the threat of shortage in the coming decades, especially in the south and east of England, is real. Climate change, population growth, environmental pressures, and the depletion of existing water sources mean that without concerted action, demand will outstrip supply within 20 years.
Five regional groups (Water Resources North, West, East, South East, and West Country) have been formed in response, made up of neighboring water companies and major users of water in each region. These regional groups are producing plans for making their region more water resilient, identifying options that provide the best value to customers, society, and the environment. Additionally, the water resource projects of greatest national importance – new reservoirs, bulk water transfers, and wastewater treatment and reuse schemes – have been designated strategic resource options (SROs).
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