Scottish Water has completed a £2.3m upgrade to the Philipshill waste water treatment plant in East Kilbride, which serves almost 65,000 local people, to protect the natural environment in the Kittoch Water and provide continued compliance with EU regulations for urban waste water treatment.
Linda Fabiani, MSP for East Kilbride, who met with Scottish water for a briefing of the upgrade work at the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride on Friday 17th May said: “I am delighted to see the completion of the £2.3m upgrade to Scottish Water’s Phillipshill Waste Water Treatment. This work ensures that people in East Kilbride will continue to have an efficient and reliable service that meets the needs of our ever expanding town. Not only will this upgrade mean that the long term maintenance costs will be reduced but that the work done by Scottish Water means that our natural environment will be protected. As the Scottish Environment LINK Species Champion for the Frog Orchid, this is excellent news for the Frog Orchid as well as the other wild flowers and animals who live in and around our town.
“This news is also great for our local economy. Today, I met with four Scottish Water apprentices who will be part of the team employed to maintain the new facility. With Scottish Apprenticeship week beginning on Monday 20th May, I am delighted to see the value Scottish Water place on their apprentices, seeing them as vital to their future success. Apprentices at Scottish Water receive a four year apprenticeship which combines a Scottish Vocational Qualifications coupled with on-the-job work experience meaning they are fully trained and have the relevant experience required to embark on a successful career with Scottish Water.”
Gavin Noble, Project Manager, said: “The upgrade ensures 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 like East Kilbride can 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 the Clyde where 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 in Scotland. The work will yield particular benefit for the River Clyde and many of its associated watercourses, ensuring wildlife of all kinds in and around the many rivers and tributaries remain 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 ensures our waste water treatment facilities continue to comply with European environmental directives. Scottish Water is committed to protecting Scotland’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 and South Lanarkshire. This work is part of our continuing improvements planned for the 2010-2015 investment period.
“We are delivering this work while our average customer charges for 2013/2014 are the lowest in the UK. We have also cut the costs of running the utility by 40 per cent while delivering the largest investment programme per household in the UK.”
Picture is of Linda Fabiani with Alan Thomson of Scottish Water and their new apprentices who were trained by East Kilbride & District Engineering Group Training Association