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Scottish Water to build eight 'green ponds'

Scottish Water has started a £5.8M project to install an innovative green pond technology in Cumbernauld.

A planning application was recently approved for the first of eight ponds and construction has started.

As many as eight ponds are planned at strategic locations that will collect and naturally treat surface water via a combination of settlement, sunlight and vegetation.

The project will encourage numerous forms of wildlife and enhance water quality in the Red Burn, which flows through Cumbernauld Glen.

The pond will be in the northern part of Cumbernauld Glen between Broom Road and Forest Road.

Major construction work on the pond will be completed by late summer and replanting of trees will take place in November. The whole project is currently estimated to be completed late 2012.

Project manager Laurence Kelly said: “Historically rainfall would have flooded to the Red Burn via a series of ditches, draining what was mostly agricultural land. 

“As the agriculture gave way to residential and industrial development the ditches were replaced with piped outfalls.

“Surface water flows from the industrial areas of Wardpark are currently piped to a series of outfalls which then feed directly into the Red Burn.

“These ponds will remove pollutants from the water and then return the treated water to the Red Burn. The old outfalls will remain in place for maintenance purposes.”

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