ScottishWater is pumping £250million into improving Greater Glasgow’s waste water network. The private firm says its five-year programme is the biggest investment in the area in more than a century.
The aim is to improve river water quality and the natural environment of the River Clyde (pictured), reduce sewer flooding and deal with the effects of increased rainfall and climate change.
Around 500 jobs and up to 50 new apprenticeships will be created by the project which is the first stage of a planned programme to upgrade Greater Glasgow’s waste water infrastructure.
Work will include upgrades to around 200 Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO’s), or outfall pipes – safety valves used to control waste water during heavy rainfall – on the River Clyde and tributaries such as the River Kelvin and White Cart.
Speaking at the launch at Glasgow Science Centre on the banks of the River Clyde, Geoff Aitkenhead of Scottish Water said yesterday: “We are delighted to be starting this massive investment in the Glasgow area’s waste water infrastructure which will transform the network and make it fit for the 21st century, help protect the natural environment and meet the needs of growth and development.”
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities said: “This investment is essential to Glasgow’s economic prosperity. It will improve the environment and ensure that new customers can connect to this essential public service.”