Scottish Water to spend £3.5 billion on infrastructure improvements

Utility Scottish Water will invest £3.5 billion investment over six years to improve drinking water supplies, wastewater discharge and water mains...

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Utility Scottish Water will invest £3.5 billion investment over six years to improve drinking water supplies, wastewater discharge and water mains.

The publicly owned company’s programme will be backed by £720 million of borrowing from the Scottish Government. The investment work is expected to support 5,000 construction jobs. Scottish Water investment projects planned include:

- More than £280 million in improvements to water mains and water treatments works across Scotland.

- Over £100 million for a Glasgow wastewater tunnel to improve water quality in the River Clyde and reduce flooding in Mount Florida and Giffnock.

- £45 million to deliver solutions to around 400 external sewer flooding problems across Scotland.

- Over £60 million to reduce the impact of discharges to the River Clyde from Daldowie and Dalmarnock Wastewater Treatment Works.

- Drinking water improvements including at Glenlatterach (Aberdeenshire - £5.6 million), Fair Isle (£4.9 million) and South Uist (£6.8 million).

Scotland’s deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “I recognise that households and businesses are under financial pressure. That is why I expect Scottish Water to continue to deliver this £3.5 billion investment programme without the need for inflation-busting charge increases.
“This Government is determined to ensure that Scottish Water continues to be a public sector success story. This programme is good news for customers, the construction industry and our environment.”

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