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Flood scheme progressing well

Published: 27 Jan 2016 10:30

Springburn project to provide extra storm water storage.

Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown viewed progress of Scottish Water's £12.4 million flooding project site at Elmvale Row, Springburn today.

Due for completion next year, the project is part of the biggest investment in waste water infrastructure in the Greater Glasgow region for more than a century.

During the visit Mr Brown viewed the two massive underground storage tanks and met pupils from neighbouring Elmvale Primary School.

Both of the two storage tanks are 25 metres (82 feet) in diameter and 18 metres (60 feet) deep, and when completed will provide 13,500 cubic metres of extra storm water storage in the local network. They form part of Scottish Water's £250 million, five-year investment programme to convert the area's infrastructure into an integrated and sustainable sewage network that will prevent future flooding.

Mr Brown said:

"I am delighted to be here today and to see the works at Elmvale Row. This project is a key part of Scottish Water's massive investment in the waste water network across Greater Glasgow to improve the water quality in the River Clyde and its tributaries and to address sewer flooding.

"Sewer flooding is an extremely serious problem particularly where it enters people's homes, as has been the case here in Elmvale Row, and given previous occurrences of flooding over a number of years a permanent solution is required.

"Elmvale Row is just one example of the many projects that Scottish Water has underway to upgrade the Victorian sewage system to improve the water quality of the Clyde and to meet the demands of economic growth.

"I am therefore delighted to be able to see at first hand the progress on this vital project that will provide much needed relief to those who have been affected by floods in the past. It is another fine example of Scottish Water – a public sector organisation – delivering improvements for consumers and the Government's support for this kind of investment to address flooding issues."

Commenting on Scottish Water's overall investment in its waste water infrastructure across Greater Glasgow, Mr Geoff Aitkenhead, Scottish Water's executive director of capital investment, said:

"We're making good progress with all of this investment in the Greater Glasgow area's waste water infrastructure, the biggest in living memory.

"The environment and communities throughout Greater Glasgow will benefit hugely from this because it will protect the natural environment and meet the needs of growth, economic development and regeneration for many years to come."