Water great upgrade

SCOTTISH Water is going to invest £750,000 in Bearsden when it upgrades a waste water pumping station to help protect the area’s natural environment.

The project will modernise the Hillfoot waste water pumping station, a key part of Scottish Water’s infrastructure, to improve the water quality in the Manse Burn and reduce the chance of flooding.

Scottish Water’s contractors, Ross-shire Engineering, expect to complete the project in about four months.

During that time a site compound will be set up at the back of the car park behind the Majestic Wine store on Milngavie Road. Most of the work will be carried out in and around the pumping station on weekdays between 8am and 6pm.

Due to the weakness of the bridge over the Manse Burn, a stronger temporary bridge will be installed the week beginning February 27 and later removed with a crane. The use of the car park area might be restricted when it’s put in.

Mr Steven Fraser, Scottish Water’s waste water operations manager, said: “We are delighted to be starting this important project. The improvements will help ensure that the pumping station performs well and that we help protect the natural environment in the area.”

Mark Maclaren, Scottish Water’s regional community manager, said: “We will make every effort to keep any disruption or inconvenience to a minimum and we thank local residents and businesses in advance for their patience and understanding.

“We are sure they will appreciate that any short-term inconvenience will be far outweighed by the long term benefits this important investment in our system will deliver.”

This work means that Scottish Water will comply with ministerial directives. The pumping station spills screened waste water into the burn via a Combined Sewer Overflow in storm conditions under licence from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

The project includes the replacement of pumps at the pumping station between Burnmouth Place and Hillfoot railway station, the creation of a new storm well, the installation of a new screen and a new emergency outfall to the burn.