The wastewater treatment works located just outside Brechin, have been given a £2.7 million upgrade by Scottish Water.
The work started in March 2011, and the completed project will allow the facility to play a key role in protecting the natural environment in the River South Esk.
The facility will continue to meet the specifications set out by the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and will be monitored by SEPA regularly to ensure it is meeting new licence requirements which will further increase water quality in the River South Esk – a popular fishing spot for locals and visitors.
The lower reaches of the river are renowned for salmon and sea trout fishing and the upgrade work comes just in time for the February to October fishing season.
The work was carried out by the utility firm’s delivery arm, Scottish Water Solutions.
Mike Pratt, project manager, Scottish Water Solutions, said: “Scottish Water is delighted to have completed this major investment in this important waste water treatment facility in Angus.
“The facility serves a population equivalent of 11,800 which is a combination of Brechin’s residents and local businesses.
“The upgrade will provide improved levels of treatment that will ensure we continue to help protect and enhance the natural environment of the River South Esk.
“We have refurbished, replaced and upgraded a lot of the components and processes on site so the facility is fit to serve the community for many years to come.
“It will also ensure that the discharge from the works meets regulatory requirement set out by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
“In addition to the refurbishment and upgrading of the treatment kit on-site, the project also delivered the re-alignment of the access road into the works, giving better access for tankers and deliveries. The entrance to the works has been reinstated with new pavement and verges.”
Scottish Water is investing heavily in the Angus area in the 2010-15 period. Improvements totalling £38 million are being made to water and waste water infrastructure to enable growth in the area, enhance drinking water quality and protect the environment. Scottish Water has invested £65.5 million in Angus since 2002.