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Experts Ensure Borders Water Works Stays On-Track

Posted: Friday 17th September 2010

Water quality engineering firm Panton McLeod has played a vital role in ensuring that a new water treatment works in the Scottish Borders remains on supply.

Borders-based Panton McLeod sent a team of engineers to provide an important de-chlorination service at the Roberton works in Hawick – to make sure that the facility will provide the purest drinking water to tens of thousands of households in the area.

The Panton McLeod team carried out one the final pieces of work at the new facility to check it was ready to be put into service. Over two days, engineers treated and de-chlorinated millions of litres of water that was sent through the facility to test its operational capacity and to check for any faults.

Barclay Smart, civil engineer at Panton McLeod, said: “We were delighted to be called to carry out this important work for Scottish Water. The Hawick water treatment works is a major project to be involved with. The facility will provide drinking water for a large section of the Borders when it is fully operational.

“Although all of the construction work had already been completed on the site when we were called to Roberton, the facility still needed to be tested first, to ensure that it was ready to be put into service. To do this, the main storage tanks were filled with millions of litres of water to check that they would work at full capacity, which was then passed through the whole facility to ensure it functioned perfectly.

“Our team was tasked with de-chlorinating and neutralising all of this clean water as it is passed through the facility, which is a very important job. The water has to contain chlorine to ensure that the facility remains clean during the test, but it has to be de-chlorinated correctly afterwards - otherwise you cannot safely discharge it back into the local water course.

“We’ve provided similar services in the past for some of the biggest water companies across the UK, so it’s a testament to the skill of our team that we were approached to carry out this latest project. We look forward to continuing our good working relationship with Scottish Water and its contractors in the future.”

The project is the latest high-profile work that Panton McLeod has completed for Scottish Water. For the past 15 years, the firm has provided expertise in cleaning and repairing water structures across Scotland – which has included contributions to some of the biggest water projects Scottish Water has undertaken, such as the £120 million Loch Katrine scheme.

Earlier this year, the firm agreed a new deal with Scottish Water - arranged as part of an ongoing Price and Supply Agreement – that will see it clean and disinfect more than 400 service reservoirs and water tanks across the Ness, Don, Tayside and Ayrshire regions, helping to further improve water purity for customers in Scotland.

Panton McLeod is one of the best-known names in the water industry, working with the biggest companies on the inspection, cleaning and repair of drinking water structures.

In the past decade, the firm has grown from its headquarters in Newtown St Boswells adding further offices in Nottingham and in the United States. The U.S. base in Denver, Colorado, is the hub for its North American division Panton McLeod Americas - which is currently revolutionising the way drinking water storage and treatment structures are cleaned and disinfected across the USA.

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