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Cumbernauld water mains upgrade

28 July 2017


Scottish Water is to invest in a major upgrade to its water mains network in Cumbernauld to improve its service to customers.

The utility has confirmed that it will be investing in major improvements to part of the local water mains network to provide customers with additional resilience and security of supply.

The investment follows some bursts on a water main in the area, including one in May 2017 which caused disruption to normal water supplies to about 6000 customers.

Scottish Water engineers are working on finalising the planned investment and the company will confirm in due course what the project will involve. It is expected to start this autumn and be completed in spring 2018.

John Rae, Scottish Water’s water operations general manager, said: “We have previously taken a number of steps in Cumbernauld to reduce the impact of burst water mains and minimise disruption to customers, such as the installation of a burst control valve and backfeeds, and this enabled us to substantially limit the number of properties whose supplies were disrupted following the burst in May.

“However, we aim to further reduce the risk of disruption and we said after the incident in May that we would investigate further investment to improve our infrastructure.

“We can now confirm that we will make that investment in the local network and we are sure customers in the area will welcome this news. We look forward to starting the project soon and further details will be confirmed in the coming weeks.”

News of the investment was welcomed by local MSP Jamie Hepburn and MP Stuart McDonald.

Mr Hepburn said: “There have been a few occasions where much of Cumbernauld has been left without water supply, the incident in May being the latest example.Understandably this has caused concern, frustration and annoyance for people locally.  That was why Stuart McDonald and I took up the opportunity to discuss the matter with Scottish Water recently, and I am very pleased that they are making this investment to improve their infrastructure serving the town to reduce the likelihood of any major loss of water supply to Cumbernauld in the future.”

Mr McDonald said: “Both Jamie Hepburn and I have been pursuing this matter with Scottish Water after Cumbernauld residents have experienced a number of problems with the water supply in recent months. So I’m glad that they’ve confirmed this major investment in their infrastructure and I hope this will provide additional resilience and security to the town’s water supply, reducing the risk of any future incident.”