The fifth and final year of Scottish Water’s 2010-15 investment programme saw £470 million of investment in regulatory improvements to Scotland’s essential water and waste water infrastructure.
Across the 5 years, around £2.4 billion has been invested in the upgrading of treatment works, water mains, sewers and networks. This has seen the successful delivery of more than 3,300 capital projects ranging in size from the modernisation of pumping stations in the Scottish Borders and Highlands, to a major new water treatment works that serves Edinburgh and extensive upgrades to water mains.
The involvement of supply chain partners, contractors and construction companies in many of these projects has helped sustain employment opportunities and support local economies.
We have continued to invest in research and innovation across core aspects of our water and waste water services, which will increase in the next regulatory period. We have, for example, developed a range of standardised equipment to achieve benefits such as reduced design and site commissioning time, less disruption to customers, higher build quality, reduced health and safety risk and lower costs.
We are now looking forward to delivering our £3.5 billion 2015-21 investment programme. We have developed a new delivery model which involves working in partnership with 3 new alliances to deliver both maintenance and improvements to our existing assets.
We are also developing rural frameworks which will allow us to work with smaller contractors to ensure efficient delivery of improvements to our assets at a local level.