Improving Scotland’s water

Upgrade operations are currently underway at three waste water treatment works (WWTW) in Scotland to improve services for over a million people.

Scottish Water is investing more than £15 million into projects at Shieldhall and Dalmarnock WWTWs in Glasgow and Laighpark WWTW in Paisley. The upgrade works include a major overhaul of site infrastructure in order to improve operability and to ensure that the facilities continue to protect the River Clyde.

Scottish Water’s investment is being divided between each of the three sites, with £6.5 million being spent on Shieldhall WWTW and £5.5 million at Laighpark WWTW.

The work at Shieldhall WWTW is largely focused on ensuring that the water discharge operation continues to meet ministerial and Scottish Environment Protection Agency requirements. This work includes the replacements of screens, the refurbishment of the sludge pumping station’s main switchboard and the replacement and refurbishment of pumps.

Meanwhile, work at Laighpark WWTW will see the provision of new screening alongside additional improvements to associated equipment.

The remaining £3 million of the investment is being split at Dalmarnock WWTW. A £1 million operation is taking place to upgrade mechanical works including screens and hydraulic pump valve actuators, whilst £2 million is being spent on tackling an odour issue at the facility.

MWH Treatment Limited is the main contractor for each of the projects and is working on behalf of Scottish Water Solutions, a joint venture partnership between Scottish Water and a number of the world’s leading construction, engineering and water companies.

Executive Member for Development and Regeneration Services at Glasgow City Council, Bailie Liz Cameron, said:

“Scottish Water is investing a significant amount in improvements to these key waste water treatment works that serve so many people in Glasgow. I think that many of us take these facilities for granted but they provide such an important service for every one of us – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Councillor Bailie Barker, Glasgow City Council, added:

“Glasgow councillors take a keen interest in these facilities and we are delighted to hear that this new investment will help protect and enhance the natural environment on the River Clyde.

”Historically our city council forefathers have had a long association with the provision of water and waste water services to Glasgow’s citizens and we are delighted to see what Scottish Water is doing to improve key waste water treatment works in the 21st century.”

Over the next five years, Scottish Water Solutions and its delivery partners will complete hundreds of regeneration projects across Scotland as part of a £2.5 billion investment programme by Scottish Water. The work being undertaken at Shieldhall, Laighpark and Dalmarnock will benefit over a million residents living in Paisley, Newton Mearns, Renfrew and the north east and south areas of Glasgow.

Scottish Water’s Waste Water Operations Manager, Steven Fraser, said:

“Scottish Water is delighted to have started this major investment in the capital maintenance of three of the most important waste water treatment works in the Glasgow and Paisley area.

“Shieldhall, Dalmarnock and Laighpark WWTWs play a very important role in providing waste water services to about a million customers in parts of the Glasgow area and this new investment will ensure that they continue to provide a first-class service and help to protect the natural environment of the River Clyde for years to come.

“We are committed to supporting the regeneration of the Glasgow area and to improving our infrastructure in the city as it prepares for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and other major events.”

The Shieldhall, Laighpark and Dalmarnock projects are due to be completed by summer 2013.

MWH Treatment Limited

MWH Treatment Limited is part of the MWH organisation, a global leader in wet infrastructure operations. The company has been in operation for over a hundred years and provides expert services for water environment engineering, water systems investment and management, along with wastewater products.

MWH Treatment Limited pride themselves on their comprehensive array of in-house services to treat and control all grades of water and wastewater, whilst the company works closely with all of their clients to achieve high quality standards throughout all of their operations.

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