Wastewater infrastructure to benefit from £62 million investment in Scotland

In what is being called the biggest programme of its type in Scotland, 24 wastewater treatment works will be upgraded as part of a £62 million investment package...

LANARKSHIRE, Scotland, July 26, 2011 -- In what is being called the biggest programme of its type in Scotland, 24 wastewater treatment works will be upgraded as part of a £62 million investment package.

The work aims to benefit the River Clyde and its associated watercourses, as well as enabling wastewater facilities to accept higher flows from local communities.

The Carbarns works in Wishaw is receiving investment of £8 million to support the Ravenscraig development and the nearby Motherwell College. And £8.5 million will be invested in Dunnswood works at Cumbernauld to refurbish equipment and increase treatment effectiveness to help the works meet future EU regulations.

The historic village of Symington is receiving upgrades to wastewater tanks that have served the community since the 1920s. The result will be improved water quality and extra capacity in the new tanks for new connections.

Furthermore, at Strathaven wastewater treatment works, a filtration tank is being installed which will treat sewage sludge to be reused.

Rob Mustard, general manager for wastewater, 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 wastewater treatment facilities continue to comply with European environmental directives."

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