Scot­tish Wa­ter in £3mbid at works

The Galloway News - - INTIMATIONS -

Plans for £3 mil­lion worth of re­pairs to a wa­ter treat­ment plant at Shaw­head have been lodged with the coun­cil.

Scot­tish Wa­ter wants to in­stall a spe­cial new tank in a shed at Kil­ly­lour.

Around £10mil­lion has al­ready been spent on im­prov­ing the wa­ter works in the past few years.

But last year Scot­tish Wa­ter ad­mit­ted re­li­a­bil­ity “was an is­sue” with drink­ing wa­ter and a pre-treat­ment unit had to be in­stalled. That will cost more than £3 mil­lion and take a year to com­plete.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion re­veals Scot­tish Wa­ter wants to fit a dis­solved air flota­tion tank that will sep­a­rate sus­pended solids and liq­uid. The tank has to be cov­ered so a new build­ing is also be­ing pro­posed.

The new build­ing would be next to orig­i­nal struc­tures, which would sep­a­rate it from nearby houses.

Scot­tish Wa­ter in­sists the new tanks would have “no sig­nif­i­cant pump­ing or other noise-gen­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties” and there would be no in­crease in traf­fic after work was fin­ished.

Irongray com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor John Pow­ell cam­paigned un­suc­cess­fully against the new treat­ment plant, which is just yards from his back door.

Last year he said it “stinks” that more work needed to be car­ried out on the site.

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