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Dalmuir Q and A

Investment at Dalmuir Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) 2013


What improvement works are being carried out?


There are four main areas of work:

  • A new sludge management building (permanent housing for a centrifuge system),
  • Additional sludge handling assets, including a new tank and odour control,
  • Construction of a pumping station and new ammonia treatment filters to improve the quality of the water discharge,
  • A new de-foaming unit to protect the quality of water discharged into the Clyde.
  • In addition, there will be some minor new office accommodation.

Why is this work necessary?


Scottish Water and Saur Services Glasgow are always working to ensure the WWTW performs to the best operational standards. These works are designed to make the current temporary facilities permanent and ensure current operational performance is sustainable in future years.

How long will the work take?


Construction work will commence in November 2013  and will take around two  years to complete

Why is planning permission needed?


As with any construction project, the erection of new buildings requires the submission of a planning application to the local Council.  

What will be the impact during construction?


We will work with our neighbours and the community during the construction period to minimise the impact on them. Inevitably there will be some construction noise and lorries will need access to the site as the improvements are carried out.

Will these improvements help reduce odour?


The new permanent centrifuge system will enable even more efficient management of the waste that currently takes place on site, reducing the potential for odour.  The project plans also include the addition of another deodorising unit. All the improvements are designed to improve the efficiency of the WWTW, reducing the potential for odour.


What are the environmental impacts?


As part of our pre-planning preparations, we are working closely with West Dunbartonshire Council, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish National Heritage to ensure we address any concerns they may have. A recent flora and fauna report has confirmed there are no notable habitats present within the site, although the Clyde Estuary Special Protection Area extends to the southern shoreline of the site, where Red Shank sometimes spend the winter. We are now working with experts to ensure appropriate mitigation measures.

What about the visual impact on the community?


The existing works are well screened from most of the Dalmuir population. However, the new works will be partly visible from the south shoreline of the Clyde. The improved works will include new bunding and additional planting to both screen the works and replace any trees disturbed during the works.


How to contact us:


For further information about Scottish Water or the project, please contact our Customer Helpline on 0845 601 8855 quoting “Dalmuir Waste Water Treatment Works”.

We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding while we carry out this essential work.