Scottish Water has started construction work on the first phase of a £120M water project.
The project will expand the water supply network and involves installation of over 48km of new water mains to connect the system in Ayrshire with the Greater Glasgow area’s network.
Preparatory work on a 21km-long strategic water main from near Newton Mearns to the Fenwick/Waterside area has been carried out and work has now started to install the pipes.
Contractors are now setting up welding areas and excavating 5m-deep trenches before using a crane to lower 12m-long sections of steel pipe, weighing up to 3t, into place.
“This is a major piece of work on the first phase of Scottish Water’s overall investment in improvements to connect the system in Ayrshire with the Greater Glasgow area’s network,” Scottish Water programme manager Stewart Davis.
“We have worked closely with many different stakeholders, including landowners and statutory bodies, and we would like to thank them for their help and co-operation which has enabled us to complete the preparatory work and now move on to the construction phase.
“This involves installing a new water main from Waulkmill Glen reservoir to the Fenwick Waterside area, which we estimate will be completed this autumn.”
The extended water network will include a 21km section from the Fenwick Waterside area to Dundonald in South Ayrshire, and a 10km section from the Pollok area to a reservoir storage tank in the south of Glasgow.
Customers across a large part of Ayrshire currently receive their water from a single source – the Bradan Water Treatment Works, south of Straiton in South Ayrshire. The water is supplied via a 55km-long trunk water main, which was installed around 50 years ago, from the Bradan Water Treatment Works to the north of Irvine.
The construction of the new strategic water main, which is expected to take about four years, will connect the Bradan water supply network to the network served by the Milngavie and Balmore water treatment works, north of Glasgow. When complete, the scheme will enable Scottish Water to transfer water from Glasgow to Ayrshire, and vice-versa, if required.
Scottish Water said the new and expanded network will enable it to provide customers with greater security of supply and to respond more effectively to operational issues, such as burst water mains, and minimise disruption to customers.