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Scottish Water project brings green pond technology to Cumbernauld

Posted: Friday 24th June 2011

Scottish Water has started a £5.8million project to install an innovative green pond technology in Cumbernauld.

The project will encourage numerous forms of wildlife and enhance water quality in the Red Burn, which flows through Cumbernauld Glen. As many as eight ponds are planned at strategic locations that will collect and naturally treat surface water via a combination of settlement, sunlight and vegetation.

A planning application was recently approved for the first pond and construction has started. The pond will be in the northern part of Cumbernauld Glen between Broom Road and Forest Road. Contractors Morrisons have prepared the land by removing non-native coniferous trees and vegetation. Scottish Water will re-plant native broadleaf saplings to replace the poor quality conifers.

Major construction work on the pond will be completed by late summer and replanting of trees will take place in November. The whole project is currently estimated to be completed late 2012.

An Environmental Assessment has been completed and an Ecological Clerk of Works employed to ensure that there is minimal impact on the local wildlife and adjacent woodland. Scottish Water has also agreed to fund a package of environmental improvements on adjacent land owned by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Laurence Kelly, Project Manager, said: “This progressive and sustainable treatment of surface water benefits the environment in a number of ways. Scottish Water has been working closely with SEPA and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, on whose land some of the ponds will be located.

“Cumbernauld is geographically the high point for a number of burns in the Central Belt, with some flowing west to the River Clyde and the rest flowing east towards the River Forth - so water quality improvements here can have a far reaching effect.

“The Red Burn originates north of Lenziemill Road and Carbrain Industrial Estate. Historically rainfall would have flooded to the Red Burn via a series of ditches, draining what was mostly agricultural land. As the agriculture gave way to residential and industrial development the ditches were replaced with piped outfalls. Surface water flows from the industrial areas of Wardpark are currently piped to a series of outfalls which then feed directly into the Red Burn. These ponds will remove pollutants from the water and then return the treated water to the Red Burn. The old outfalls will remain in place for maintenance purposes.

“On completion of the ponds, Scottish Water will continue to work with customers, North Lanarkshire Council, SEPA, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and other parties to further improve urban drainage and reduce pollution in local watercourses.”

Rob Mustard, General Manager for Waste Water, Scottish Water, said: “These ponds will lead to considerable environmental benefits and protect the natural environment in Cumbernauld for generations to come.

“Since forming in 2002, Scottish Water has invested heavily in Lanarkshire. £140million was invested in 2006-10 in water and waste water infrastructure for North and South Lanarkshire. This project in Cumbernauld is part of our continuing improvements planned for the 2010-2015 investment period.”

“Scottish Water’s investment will continue to deliver clearer, fresher drinking water and reduce interruptions to supply by improving our network of water mains.

“The natural environment will continue to be protected as we plan to invest over £1billion across Scotland on pumping stations, waste water treatment works and the waste water network. This will safeguard and improve the quality of rivers, burns and coastal waters across Scotland.”

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