£11 million project to give local water mains a significant makeover

Scottish Water is improving your pipes, with more than 150 miles of Angus water mains getting a significant makeover.

The £11 million project which will see the improvement of pipes from Kirriemuir, through Edzell to the edge of Stonehaven is already reaching the half-way stage.

Project Manager Allan MacDonald said: “During our previous investment programme Scottish Water made a multi-million pounds commitment to improving water treatment works across Dundee and Angus.

“In order that this clearer, fresher drinking water reaches customers in the best possible quality, we are now undertaking a Scotland wide programme to improve the pipe network.

“This will stretch around 4000 kilometres across the country.

“In Angus we are working to improve more than 150 miles of mains, cleaning, scouring and replacing significant swathes of the Angus network from Kirriemuir to Edzell and on to the edge of Stonehaven.

“This project will keep disruption to an absolute minimum. Having completed the phase in Brechin we are now working in the Angus countryside, with the majority of the network located in fields and along roadside verges.”

The project is part of a multi-million pound programme across Scotland to improve nearly 3000 miles of water mains, in communities from Ayrshire to Aberdeenshire and the Borders to Argyll & Bute.

The urban phase of the project has been completed, with pipes in Brechin being improved, while work in the Angus countryside is scheduled to finish next autumn.

Anne Marie Dewar, Scottish Water’s Regional Community Manager for Angus added: “This 14 month programme of work will deliver clearer, fresher drinking water to communities throughout Angus. Scottish Water invested more than £12 million during our previous funding programme to improve water treatment works and the network across Angus.

“This further £11 million investment is in support of our previous work, and will supply water direct to our customers’ taps in the best possible quality.

“During our current funding period Scottish Water will deliver around £2.5billion of investment, while supporting 25 percent of Scotland’s construction industry.

“We are improving the quality of our drinking water and Scotland’s natural environment; tackling leakage and improving service to our customers.

“This comes at a time when we are keeping the average household bill less than £1 a day, the third lowest such charge in the UK.”