Fabiani welcomes Scottish Water announcement of £2.3m upgrade to East Kilbride waste water facility

Scottish Water has commenced a £2.3m upgrade to the Philipshill waste water treatment plant in East Kilbride which will provide continued compliance with EU regulations for urban waste water treatment and will protect the natural environment in the Kittoch Water.

Linda Fabiani, MSP forEast Kilbride, visited the site to be given a briefing on the upgrade work.

Linda said: “It was good to be shown round Philipshill and see the upgrade being carried out. This is the type of facility which we all take very much for granted, so to get some idea of how it works was really useful. As our town grows in population it’s important that we have upgraded treatment facilities for urban waste water whilst protecting our environment.”

Gavin Noble, Project Manager, said: “The investment will ensure we continue to comply with EU regulations for urban waster water and will also reduce the long term operating costs by making the treatment process more reliable. The works serves around 65,000 local people and the upkeep of these facilities is essential so major towns and economic centres likeEast Kilbridecan continue to grow and thrive.

“The project follows on from a major investment of £10million a few years ago to transfer all the treated flows from Philipshill to the Allers waste water treatment works which is on the banks of the Clyde. This removed the permanent discharge of waste water from the White Cart Water and instead placed them in the deeper and more turbulent waters of theClydewhere the dilution is much greater.”

Across Lanarkshire 24 waste water treatment works are being upgraded in one of the biggest programmes of its kind ever seen inScotland. The work will yield particular benefit for the River Clyde and many of its associated watercourses, ensuring that wildlife of all kinds in and around the many rivers and tributaries remains protected now and in the future.

Some of the works are being enhanced so they can accept more waste water flows from local communities. This is a key requirement in the growth of local towns and villages across the region.

Rob Mustard, general manager for waste water, Scottish Water, said: “Rivers, burns and streams play a key part in supporting wildlife and are a key recreation resource for the people of Lanarkshire.

“This programme will ensure our waste water treatment facilities continue to comply with European environmental directives. Scottish Water is committed to protectingScotland’s natural environment and this essential work is part of the important maintenance and upgrades that ensure facilities like this are able to treat waste water and return it safely to the environment.

“Since forming in 2002, Scottish Water has invested heavily in Lanarkshire.  £140million was invested in 2006-10 in water and waste water infrastructure for North andSouth Lanarkshire. This work is part of our continuing improvements planned for the 2010-2015 investment period.

“We are delivering this work while our charges are the lowest in theUKand have been frozen for 2012/2013. We have also cut the costs of running the utility by 40 per cent while delivering the largest investment programme per household in theUK.”

 

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List of waste water treatment works (WWTWs) in North and South Lanarkshire where investment is taking place, start and completion dates and amount invested in each:

  1. Abington WWTW – work starts in November 2011 and is due for completion November 2012. Total invested is £817,000.
  2. Allers WWTW (servesEast Kilbride) – work starts in September 2011 and is due for completion September 2012. Total invested is £3.2million
  3. Ashgill WWTW – work started in September 2010 and is due for completion December 2011. Total invested is £1,476,000
  4. Bothwellbank (serves Bothwell) – work started in November 2010 and is due for completion October 2011. Total invested is £1.2million.
  5. Carbarns WWTW (serves the town ofWishaw) – work started in September 2010 and is due for completion in February 2012. Total invested is £8,000,000
  6. Carluke (Mauldslie WWTW & Netherburn WWTW – Netherburn WWTW has been retired and the Mauldslie WWTW upgraded) – work started in September 2010 and is due for completion July 2011. Total invested is £3,931,000
  7. Carstairs WWTW – work started in February 2011 and is due for completion October 2011. Total invested is £1.2million
  8. Coalburn WWTW – work started in September 2010 and is due for completion February 2012. Total invested is £2,821,000.
  9. Coursington WWTW (serves Motherwell) – work starts in January 2012 and is due for completion January 2013. Total invested is £1.2million
  10. Dunnswood WWTW (serves Cumbernauld) – work will start in August 2011 and is due for completion late 2012. Total invested is £8.5million
  11. Greengairs WWTW (situated to the north of Airdrie) – work started in February 2011 and is due for completion October 2011. Total invested is £2.5million
  12. Harthill WWTW – work started January 2011 and is due for completion October 2011. Total invested is £910,000
  13. HamiltonWWTW – work started in September 2010 and is due for completion October 2011. Total invested is £3.4million.
  14. Lanark WWTW – work started in January 2011 and is due for completion November 2011. Total invested is £1.6million.
  15. Leadhills WWTW – work started in March 2012 and is due for completion November 2012. Total invested is £1.1million
  16. Philipshill WWTW (servesEast Kilbridealong with Allers WWTW) – work starts in October 2011 and is due for completion in October 2012. Total invested is  £3.1millio
  17. Plains WWTW – work starts in April 2012 and is due for completion July 2014. Total invested is £6.7million.
  18. Salsburgh WWTW – work starts in March 2012 and is due for completion March 2013. Total invested is £2.9million
  19. Shotts WWTW – work starts in March 2012 and is due for completion March 2013. Total invested is £1.7million
  20. Skellyton WWTW (serves Larkhall) – work is due to start in October 2011 and is due for completion January 2012. Total invested is £2,872,000.
  21. Stonehouse WWTW– work started in November 2010 and is due for completion December 2011. Total invested is £2.5million
  22. Strathaven WWTW – work started in November 2010 and is due for completion October 2011. Total invested is £1.1million
  23. Swinstie WWTW (serves Cleland) – work started in July 2011 and is due for completion October 2011. Total invested is £900,000
  24. Symington septic tanks– work started in July 2011 and is due for completion June 2012. Total invested is £1,585,000. The work consists of upgrades to two tanks that serve the village, improving the quality of the treatment process so they continue to meet strict environmental guidelines.

 

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