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Anglian Water has applied for permission to build a new water treatment plant at Gayton to remove nitrates from the supply.

The company says this is essential for it to be able to provide water to required drinking standards for households in the area.

In a statement submitted with a planning application to West Norfolk Council, it said: “Nitrate concentrations in the groundwater around Gayton are predicted to rise due to historic agricultural practices.

This means the existing blend and treatment strategy, currently used within the treatment process, will be insufficient to maintain nitrate levels below the allowed concentration if additional treatment is not installed.

Anglian Water (52272765)
Anglian Water (52272765)

“It is therefore necessary to instal a new treatment process that will remove nitrate from the raw water to ensure compliance with the Drinking Water Standards."

Gayton water treatment works is a small rural works operated by Anglian Water and located predominantly within an agricultural area adjacent to three residential properties.

Due to space restrictions within the existing works, the new nitrate plant cannot be located within the existing site boundary, therefore the proposed new nitrate plant will be located within the adjacent field which is in Anglian Water's ownership.

Filling up a glass with clean drinking water from kitchen faucet (54849118)
Filling up a glass with clean drinking water from kitchen faucet (54849118)

The new proposals will be accessed via an existing access off Waterworks Lane which is currently used by a local farmer under agreement.

Currently the existing water treatment works has a shared access with the adjacent properties but to minimise future impact to these properties, it is proposed to stop using this access as the main site access.

Instead, the new upgraded entrance will be used to access the existing site and the new nitrate removal plant.

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