The environment in the Cree Estuary is set for a boost as Scottish Water had announced a £1.6 million project to upgrade the waste water management in the area and remove four properties from the flooding register.
Following discussions with Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), a project has been agreed which will enhance a 1km stretch of the Cree estuary south from the Ferry Burn Bridge.
The recurring sewer flooding in the Grimshaw Terrace and Duke Street areas will also be addressed, by providing extra storm water capacity at the nearby pumping station and increasing the size of the sewers so they can transfer the wastewater efficiently for treatment and are less likely to be overloaded.
John Monteith, project manager for Scottish Water, said: “We are going to be upgrading seven discharge points which act as a relief for the main sewers around Creetown during instances of heavy rainfall. Along with the Cree estuary, the work will protect and improve the water quality in the Balloch Burn, the Ferry Burn and the Moneypool Burn.
“The project will not only improve the water quality from reduced volumes of storm sewage but will reduce the amount of sewage debris by screening out any solids or foreign objects in the sewage and redirecting these to the waste water treatment works in Creetown. It will also ensure that the water continues to meet EU guidelines for urban watercourses.
“We’ve worked closely with SEPA on the detailed planning for this project. Five packages of work will deliver the necessary outcomes for the people of Creetown.
“The two locations we will be working for the first phase are Bank Street and the Barholm Factory. As some of the work directly impacts the new caravan park we will also be doing some work there to install a new storm overflow unit. Further phases will be announced soon.”
John Gorman, a senior officer with SEPA, added: “This network investment by Scottish Water marks a further project phase in improving Creetown’s sewerage system in order to meet legislative drivers. SEPA has worked closely with Scottish Water to deliver the new village treatment plant and network improvements from previous investment projects.
“This latest investment phase will significantly reduce the amount of storm overflows to nearby watercourses and remove the unsatisfactory sewage debris arising from such overflows resulting in improved water quality.”