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Scottish Water unveils £3.5bn investment programme

Scottish Water has announced a £3.5bn investment programme for the next six years.

The utility has been given a £720M loan from the Scottish government.

The investment covers the period 2015-2021.

Projects planned include:

  • More than £280M in improvements to water mains and water treatments works across Scotland.
  • Over £100M for a Glasgow waste water tunnel to improve water quality in the River Clyde and reduce flooding in Mount Florida and Giffnock.
  • £45M to deliver solutions to around 400 external sewer flooding problems across Scotland.
  • Over £60M to reduce the impact of discharges to the River Clyde from Daldowie and Dalmarnock Wastewater Treatment Works.
  • Drinking water improvements including at Glenlatterach (Aberdeenshire, £5.6M), Fair Isle (£4.9M) and South Uist (£6.8M).

Scottish Parliament deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Water and sewerage services are vital to our everyday lives. It is important that we continue to invest to ensure that these keep on meeting the needs of customers, the environment and economic development.

“I recognise that households and businesses are under financial pressure. That is why I expect Scottish Water to continue to deliver this £3.5bn investment programme without the need for inflation-busting charge increases.

“The Government will be making available up to £720M to support this programme. It will also be extending the assistance to more of the charitable sector to help pay for services.

“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.”

Douglas Millican, Scottish Water’s chief executive, said: “I am delighted that we are announcing the start of this major investment programme for 2015-21 which will enable Scottish Water to continue to provide first-class customer service, while supporting the Scottish economy and creating jobs in the construction industry.

“We look forward to working closely with our customers and communities to further improve drinking water quality and the environment the length and breadth of Scotland.”

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