Posted: Monday 18th January 2016

More than 200,000 people and businesses in much of Ayrshire and parts of East Renfrewshire are to benefit from a £120m investment in the drinking water network.

Scottish Water will improve the water supply network by installing 30 miles of new water mains to connect the system in Ayrshire with the Greater Glasgow area’s network.

The new and expanded network will enable Scottish Water to provide customers with greater security of supply and to respond more effectively to operational issues such as burst water mains and minimise disruption to customers.

Customers across a large part of Ayrshire currently receive their water from a single source, the Bradan Water Treatment Works, south of Straiton in South Ayrshire.

The water is supplied to customers’ taps via a 34-mile-long trunk water main installed about 50 years ago from the Bradan Water Treatment Works to the north of Irvine.

The construction of about 30 miles of new strategic water mains, which is expected to take about four years, will connect the Bradan water supply network to the network served by the Milngavie and Balmore water treatment works, north of Glasgow.

When complete, the investment will enable us to transfer water from Glasgow to Ayrshire, and vice-versa, if required.

This will create a larger, more robust and connected supply zone which will benefit customers in areas such as Ayr, Prestwick, Kilmarnock, Troon, Irvine, Fenwick, Galston, Stewarton, Hurlford, Maybole, Eaglesham and Newton Mearns.

Another key part of our investment will deliver improved water quality to about 56,000 people as we replace the existing water supply from three small water treatment works in East Ayrshire and East Renfrewshire with water supplied from the Glasgow network.

Announcing the investment in Kilmarnock today with Keith Brown, the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Douglas Millican, Scottish Water’s Chief Executive, said: “This major strategic investment scheme, which will deliver a more resilient water supply network for Ayrshire, is the first stage in our investment to improve connections between water supply networks across Scotland.

“We have invested significantly in improvements to water quality in parts of Ayrshire in recent years and now, as proposed in our strategic projections, we will improve much of the area’s water supply resilience by creating a new link between the supply systems.

“The investment in new pipelines and associated infrastructure below ground will support the continued development above ground in communities across these areas and will enable them to continue to grow and thrive.

“It’s a very important and much-needed project which will benefit people in much of Ayrshire and part of East Renfrewshire for decades to come.”

Mr Brown said: “I am delighted to be here today to announce this £120m investment in Ayrshire’s drinking water supplies. This investment is key to ensuring that high quality drinking water can continue to be supplied to customers today and for generations to come.

“High quality drinking water is fundamental to public health and sustainable economic growth. This is why the Government fully supports Scottish Water’s drinking water investment programme. Over the next six years, over £500 million per annum will be invested to further improve water and waste water services across Scotland.

“This investment is another fine example of Scottish Water, a public sector organisation, delivering improvements for customers. Another crucial step on the path to ensuring that Scottish Water continues to provide one of the best value-for-money water and waste water services in the UK.”

Scottish Water’s investment will enable easier maintenance of the water supply network without impacting customers and will support the Ayrshire economy by reducing the risk of disrupting businesses, making the area more attractive for investment and helping it continue to grow. In addition, our work will support about 200 jobs and we expect to be able to create about 20 apprenticeships.

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