Million pound water upgrade scheme for Wigtownshire

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As part of continuing investment to improve the water quality in Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Water is carrying out a massive £3.5million investment in the water mains infrastructure for Wigtownshire.

This investment will ensure homes and businesses in Wigtownshire continue to enjoy a clear, fresh supply of drinking water for years to come.

The project will rejuvenate over 369 miles of pipes – the distance from Stranraer to John O’Groats. The work started a few months ago, with old pipes being replaced and lining some other pipes to ensure optimum water quality and reduce the potential for bursts.

The final stage – flushing and swabbing water mains – commenced on April 11 and is expected to last for approximately five months, with completion due in the autumn.

Les Bell, Project Manager, said: “This final stage of the work will be delivered by our contractor Farrans. The project involves flushing and scouring pipes to ensure optimum water quality. Older pipes will be replaced to reduce the risk of bursts.

“We will be flushing the network overnight so that there is minimal disruption to the water supply for homes and businesses.

“There will be some alterations to traffic movements during the construction period but there will be no road closures as a result of the work. Traffic management will be in place that will mean some roads are reduced to one lane with traffic lights regulating the flow of traffic. Scottish Water will make every effort to minimise any impact on road users.

“There may be some disruption to water supplies in the area. However, Scottish Water will give at least 48 hours advance notification to customers. Customers may experience discoloured water as a result of sediment being disturbed in the pipes. If customers do experience discoloured water we advise them to run the kitchen tap until the water is clear.”

The Wigtownshire water quality scheme is just one of a suite of projects that Scottish Water is carrying out in the 2010-2015 investment period in Dumfries.

Scottish Water has mailed a customer information pack to all customers that will potentially be affected. The pack contains an electrical earthing leaflet, a copy of the guide to our water mains improvement programme, a special needs/business requirements form and a reminder card to hang on the kitchen tap.

Any questions about Scottish Water or the project should be directed to the Customer Helpline on 0845 601 8855 quoting Capital/45217/Farrans.