Qual­ity in towns is best in years

Rutherglen Reformer - - Road Watch - Dou­glas Dickie

The qual­ity of wa­ter in the River Clyde at Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has im­proved over the past decade.

But trib­u­tary burns like Ci­ty­ford and Malls Mire con­tinue to be blighted by dirty wa­ter.

The Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency (SEPA), which mon­i­tors the wa­ter qual­ity in Scot­land’s lochs and rivers, re­ported last week that the Clyde is in sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter health than ex­pected thanks to in­vest­ment by Scot­tish Wa­ter, SEPA, farm­ers and lo­cal authorities.

En­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary Roseanna Cun­ning­ham re­vealed the news at Holy­rood last week.

Al­though the full re­port has not yet been pub­lished, the Re­former can re­veal that the stretch of wa­ter be­tween the North Calder in Ud­dingston and the tidal weir in Glas­gow has “im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly” from bad wa­ter qual­ity in 2007 to mod­er­ate wa­ter qual­ity in 2015. It is hoped a level of good will be achieved by 2027. The re­port adds: “In con­trast, the Malls Mire, Pol­madie and Ci­ty­ford Burns are cur­rently still at bad wa­ter qual­ity, but ac­tions are planned to im­prove them as well in the long term.”

Be­tween 2010 and 2021, Scot­tish Wa­ter will have in­vested more than £600 mil­lion in waste­water treat­ment works and sew­er­age sys­tems in the area.

The Scot­tish Govern­ment’s Wa­ter En­vi­ron­ment Fund (WEF) which is ad­min­is­tered by SEPA, has also in­vested £3.1m in river restora­tion projects.

Ms Cun­ning­ham said: “The Clyde flows through the very heart of Glas­gow and for cen­turies the river has pro­vided our largest city with a gate­way to the world and a source of pros­per­ity.

“How­ever, since in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion in the early 1800s, we’ve abused this river, tip­ping our waste into it with­out a sec­ond thought for the im­pact it has on the com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing along the banks, wa­ter qual­ity or the wider en­vi­ron­ment.

“That’s why I am de­lighted to see fur­ther ev­i­dence that we have se­cured a last­ing change in the Clyde’s for­tunes.

“These im­prove­ments are down to the hard work of SEPA and its part­ners and are the re­sult of Scot­tish Wa­ter’s in­vest­ment of more than £600m, much of which has al­ready been de­liv­ered or is be­ing de­liv­ered as we speak.”

Bob Downes, SEPA chair­man added: “Rivers are an es­sen­tial nat­u­ral re­source and it’s im­por­tant for us to recog­nise that it’s not just a river’s clean­li­ness that makes it healthy, but also the life it sus­tains.

“The work we have com­pleted so far with our many part­ners has made a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence to the Clyde, not only through im­prove­ments to wa­ter qual­ity, but also by open­ing up stretches of rivers that mi­gra­tory fish have been un­able to ac­cess for decades.

“Hav­ing a health­ier River Clyde sys­tem is a real ben­e­fit to peo­ple liv­ing in Glas­gow.”

The Clyde flows through the vary heart of Glas­gow

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