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Anglian ups Rutland water take 40%

Anglian Water is pre-empting arguments over its decision to abstract up to 90M extra litres a day from Rutland Water by creating havens for wildlife which could lose their habitats.

The water company is unveiling what it says is a unique scheme to establish 84ha of new wetland areas and lagoons. These will ensure that if the water level in the main body of the reservoir dips in dry spells, the animals and birds –which include rare Ospreys – will not be forced to leave the area. The lagoons will have independently maintained water levels.

Anglian is spending £115M doubling the size of Wing water treatment works at the reservoir and building an extra 41km of pipeline to provide water for home users in the region. Work is due to complete in 2010. The reservoir now supplies 230Ml a day.

"Over 100,000 new homes will need to be supplied by Rutland Water," said a spokesman. The homes are all part of Government's requirement for new housing in the region. Average extra abstraction will be 50Ml/day.

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