Upgrade to water mains will improve supply for 65,000

Scottish Water is about to start a major project to upgrade more than 27 miles of water mains across Greenock and Skelmorlie, Scotland, to improve the areas water supply.

The work will involve the relining of 18 miles of mains, the cleaning and swabbing of around eight miles of mains and the replacement of roughly one mile of mains.

The project will deliver clearer, fresher drinking water to more than 65,000 people in the area and is due to start on October 22 in the Larkfield area of Greenock and will continue on a rolling basis over the next eight months

Scottish Water’s water operations manager, Jim Hassan, said: “The pipes we will be working on are ageing and our improvement work will help ensure a supply of clear, fresh drinking water for years to come.

The start of the project was welcomed by MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Duncan McNeil who said: “I have worked on behalf of my constituents with Scottish Water to help ensure the necessary investment takes place and this has paid off.

Scottish Water’s regional community manager for Inverclyde, Mark Maclaren, said: “When completed, the investment will be a major benefit to Greenock and to Skelmorlie and we are sure people will appreciate that any short-term inconvenience is far outweighed by the long-term benefits this investment will deliver.”

Leigh Stringer

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