DRINKING water for over 5,000 homes in Bearsden and Milngavie was polluted with high levels of aluminium earlier this year and Scottish Water was slammed in a recent report by water regulators for the way they handled the incident.

Following this report local Liberal Democrat councillors held a meeting with Scottish Water to discuss what went wrong during the Burncrooks Water Treatment Works contamination in March.

Homes were affected for a period of 24 hours and a report by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator strongly criticised Scottish Water’s failings.

Councillors Ashay Ghai, Vaughan Moody and Eric Gotts met John Rae, general manager of water operations, and Alan Thomson, head of corporate relations at Scottish Water, to discuss the incident and the lessons they have learned.

Councillor Ghai said: “It was a useful and informative meeting, we exchanged information and they responded to our questions and concerns.

“We were reassured by Scottish Water’s response and actions to reduce the risk of such an event recurring.

“We have a good working relationship with Scottish Water and we will continue to engage constructively with them on matters such as this.”

Mr Thomson said: “We welcomed the opportunity to meet councillors to discuss this matter and give them an overview of the issues involved and actions taken.

“Water quality incidents are rare but we are committed to learning from them. We will do everything possible to reduce the risk of a similar event occurring at Burncrooks or elsewhere.”