Final phase of water network improvements completes multi-million pound scheme

The  final phase of Scottish Water’s improvements to Campbeltown’s waste water network is progressing towards completion in a project being carried out by Black & Veatch. 

The multi-million pound scheme will provide extensive environmental improvements to Campbeltown Loch to comply with the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and EU Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.

The first four phases of improvements to the network included increasing the pumping capacity from Kinloch Park Pumping Station to Slaty Farlan Waste Water Treatment Works and extending the outfall at the pumping station. The increase in pumping capacity has helped to reduce the number of discharges of storm water into Campbeltown Loch.

The final phase of the work, which includes measures to ensure the removal of excessive sewage spills from Campbeltown Harbour; construction of a new outfall from the waste water treatment works for treated storm flows; increased final treatment at the waste water treatment works and network improvements at St John Street, Park Square and Main Street  involves investment of about £10m and will take Scottish Water’s investment in all phases of the improvement work to about £23 million.

Mr Eddie Burns, the project manager, said: “This project is a key stage of our programme to provide a long-term solution for Campbeltown’s waste water network which will build on the good work already carried out.

“The completed improvement work has reduced the frequency of discharges of storm water in storm conditions to Campbeltown Loch in compliance with existing consents from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.”

Mrs Jane McKenzie, Scottish Water’s regional community manager, said: “Scottish Water has worked with the local community, Argyll & Bute Council and SEPA on all phases of this scheme.

“We have held monthly community forum meetings and several Meet the Team events during our work. These have been successful in keeping the community informed and updated about our improvement work and we continue to liaise with the community and stakeholders during the final phase of work.”

The first two phases of work have allowed more storm water to be transferred to the waste water treatment works for treatment and so reduced discharges to the loch via the extended outfall.

Scottish Water is a publicly owned company, answerable to the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland. Their job is to bring clearer, fresher drinking water to taps. The company supply 2.3 billion litres of drinking water per day and remove nearly a billion litres of waste water daily – treating it carefully before returning it to the environment.

Scottish Water operates and maintains thousands of assets – over 47,000 kilometres of water pipes, 50,000 kilometres of sewer pipes, 1837 waste water treatment works (including 1206 septic tanks) and 297 water treatment works plus pumping stations, sludge treatment centres and reservoirs.

Black & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company with the mission of ‘Building a World of Difference’. By advancing the frontiers of knowledge, the company provide clients with reliable solutions to their most complex challenges, thereby helping improve and sustain the quality of life around the world.

Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch specializes in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, federal, management consulting and environmental markets.

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