£1.3m down the drain

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A DECADES-OLD water system will undergo a £1.3million revamp to improve water quality and the environment.

The Eaglesham waste water treatment works (WWTW) project is set to begin later this month and promises to deliver s more reliable service to over 5,000 people in the Eaglesham area.

The project is expected to last eight months to ensure the treatment works complies with EU and Scottish Environment Protection Agency legislation and regulations.

Raymond O’Brien, waste water operations manager at Scottish Water, said: “We are delighted to be starting this major investment in the capital maintenance of a key facility in our waste water infrastructure in East Renfrewshire.

“Eaglesham WWTW plays a very important role in providing waste water services to customers in that area and this investment will ensure that it continues to provide a first-class service”.

The refurbishment will involve the installation of new inlet screens to remove rags and help safeguard the downstream process.

A grit removal process will then take stones and other loose debris out of the system.

The extra screening is designed to help protect the natural environment and improve the quality of water discharged — under licence from the WWTW — into the White Cart Water that flows into the River Clyde.

This means the project will contribute to the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership (MGSDP), formed by Scottish Water, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, local authorities and Scottish Enterprise.

The MGSDP has been set up to upgrade and modernise Glasgow’s drainage and sewerage network to reduce flooding and support urban development requirements, while improving water quality and the environment.

Gavin Noble, construction manager at Scottish Water Solutions, said: “This investment will modernise what is a several decades-old treatment works and should improve its operability for years to come.

“Local residents might see an increase in traffic around the treatment works at times during the construction phase of the project. However, we will make every effort to keep this disruption to a minimum”.

The project is to be carried out by contractor Farrans EPS for Solutions.