Glasgow gets £3.5m water network upgrade

A £3.5m upgrade of Glasgow's water network has been commissioned by Scottish Water to reduce leakages, operating costs and improve overall efficiency.

The rehabilitation work, due to begin later this month, will focus on five miles of ageing distribution mains below some of the city’s busiest streets.

Prompted by several recent bursts and supply disruption, the upgrade will mainly involve distribution mains with a three or four inch diameter, plus a stretch of a trunk main, which is 14 inches in diameter.

Scottish Water’s asset management director Geoff Aitkenhead said the work will benefit customers for many years to come while also helping Glasgow prepare for hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Due to take a year to complete, the project has been planned in consultation with Glasgow City Council. Scottish Water says it will continue to liaise with the council, other key organisations and businesses throughout the work, which is being carried out by contractors, Farrans.

The upgrade follows the start of a £1.8m project in January this year to install seven pressure control valves to improve pressure levels in Glasgow’s mains network.

It’s claimed the two projects will ease production requirements at the City’s Milngavie and Balmore water treatment works, reducing operating costs, cutting carbon emissions and improving overall efficiency.

edie staff

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