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Pioneering West Norfolk wetland water treatment project to be repeated at dozens of new sites

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A West Norfolk wetland project, designed to act as a natural water treatment site, is set to be expanded to dozens of other locations, under new proposals announced today.

A group of school children was invited to open the £500,000 at Ingoldisthorpe when it was completed last summer.

Now, Anglian Water, which developed the site in partnership with the Norfolk Rivers Trust, says it plans to develop similar schemes on at least 30 other sites across the region.

The wetlands site at Ingoldisthorpe (15257029)
The wetlands site at Ingoldisthorpe (15257029)

The pledge is part of a new business plan for the company, which will come into effect in the new year.

Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson said: "We take our commitment to the environment and the local communities we serve very seriously, and we're proud to be at the forefront of the water industry's environmental efforts."

The company was the first water firm in the country to develop a natural treatment site when it began work on the Ingoldisthorpe site two years ago.

The area has four interconnected ponds, which have each been planted with an array of native species which are intended to help treat chemicals such as ammonia and phosphates before they reach the River Ingol and reduce the company's carbon footprint.

Anglian Water's proposals are also part of a wider water industry commitment to plant 11 million new trees nationally by 2030.

Mr Simpson said: "Much of our proposed planting will be with the purpose of allowing nature to help us do our job.

"Whether that be by building more treatment wetlands, or by using green spaces to manage urban flood risk in partnership with customers, local authorities and local charities.

"Eleven million trees is a significant commitment, and one which will really help to combat the huge challenges of climate change and flooding, as well as adding to the natural beauty of our region.

"We've been pushing for the water sector to reduce its carbon footprint for a number of years. This initiative is a clear signal of the whole industry's intent to be running carbon neutral businesses by 2030."

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