Largest Scottish wastewater tunnel reaches halfway stage

Construction of the biggest wastewater tunnel in Scotland has reached the halfway stage. The £100 million Shieldhall Tunnel, being built by Scottish Water and 3.1 miles long, is expected to improve water quality in the River Clyde and tackle flooding. Last week, engineers installed a set of the giant concrete rings that form the tunnel […]

Scottish Water to invest £9m in solar energy

Scottish Water is to invest £9 million in solar energy projects in the next three years. The deal was drawn up by the utility’s subsidiary Scottish Water Horizons Ltd with the aim of reducing carbon emissions and cutting costs. A total of 17 companies submitted bids but the funding was eventually awarded to four successful […]

Scottish Water banks on solar to cut energy costs

Scottish Water has installed 1,000 solar panels at a major water treatment works in Scotland. The project is expected to generate 0.2GWh of electricity every year, providing a quarter of the energy required at Marchbank Water Treatment Works which serves 68,000 properties in Edinburgh and parts of West Lothian. The treatment plant currently produces 40 mega litres […]

Scottish Water unveils £3.5bn investment plan

Scottish Water has announced it is investing £3.5 billion to improve water mains and drinking water supplies. The company’s six-year investment programme, supported by £720 million from the Scottish Government, is expected to support 5,000 construction jobs. Projects include more than £280 million in improvements to water mains and treatment works, £100 million for a […]

Scottish Water penalised for chlorine leak fish deaths

Scottish Water was slapped with a fine of £6,500 this week after chlorinated water leaked from a reservoir killing more than 1,000 fish. The fine was dished out at the Alloa Sheriff Court on Monday. Scottish Water pled guilty to causing pollution at the Alva Burn waterway in the central Lowlands, after staff carried out […]

Scottish Water fined £10,000 for acid and waste spillages

Scottish Water has been fined £10,000 for pollution at two water treatment plants following acid and waste spillages. It pleaded guilty to the two incidents in Clackmannanshire, Scotland in 2011 – one at Glendevon Water Treatment Plant when sulphuric acid spilled into Castlehill Reservoir and the River Devon following a leak from a tank. The […]

Going off-grid? Changing policy means firms are "running to stand still"

Changing government policy and regulation is the biggest challenge for business looking to go ‘off the grid’ by generating their own power, according to the Head of Energy Management at Scottish Water. Speaking at Energy Live 2013, Rob Crusher said: “You’re almost running to stand still and keep abreast of what’s happening next.” He told the ‘off […]

Wind used to clean Scottish water

Six 5kW wind turbines installed at two waste water treatment works run by Scottish Water have been given the go ahead to start generating. The R9000 turbines manufactured by Evance have been installed at plants in Broadford on the Isle of Skye and Raasay. Another three turbines are set to be installed at the Portree […]

Flushing waste costs Scottish Water £7m a year

Blockages caused by household waste – such as baby nappies, wipes and grease – being flushed down the toilets are costing Scottish Water millions of pounds every year. The company has revealed it spends around £7 million a year clearing more than 45,000 blockages in the sewer network, with around 80% of them caused by […]

Scottish Water installs turbines to cut energy bills

Scottish Water has installed ten small-scale wind turbines at one of its wastewater treatment facilities in a bid to reduce its energy costs. The water firm says this is the first time it has used turbines like this in Scotland. The turbines at Stornoway (pictured) are capable of generating 500KW of electricity per day – equivalent […]