28 December 2023
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Need for Investment at Glenfarg Set Out28 December 2023
Scottish Water has set out the need for a major upgrade of Glenfarg’s Water Treatment Works (WTW) in a new factsheet.
The publicly owned water company has applied for planning consent for a multi-million pound upgrade to the WTW, which supplies drinking water to around 179,000 customers across Kinross-shire and Fife.
The proposed project includes improvements to the drinking water production process and the provision of increased storage capacity in new ‘Clear Water Tanks’ - to provide improved security of supply if normal production of drinking water is interrupted.
The factsheet explains why the upgrade is essential to ensure the Water Treatment Works can provide a consistently high quality and reliable water supply to all of the communities it serves. It includes a simplified overview of the water network, showing that Glenfarg needs to be able to maintain supply to a complex network of 39 water storage tanks, including supporting resilience at regional level during dry summer conditions.
Diagram of Glenfarg's Water Network
This is a key section of the recently published factsheet, explaining the network and need for the project at Glenfarg
“By creating a new factsheet with a visual representation of the Glenfarg water network, we are seeking to answer a key question from the community - particularly about why additional drinking water storage capacity is needed at Glenfarg rather than elsewhere.Martin McIlvaney
Scottish Water's Senior Project Manager
The document has been produced in response to feedback and questions received from the local community in recent months. Scottish Water is committed to continuing to listen and engage – and has worked with Glenfarg Community Council to form a liaison group to oversee its work. Further engagement with the wider community is planned for the new year, subject to the outcome of the planning process.
Scottish Water Senior Project Manager, Martin McIlvaney, said: “Following our application for planning consent in July, our team is committed to continuing to put community engagement at the forefront of our work.
“By creating a new factsheet with visual representation of the Glenfarg water network, we are seeking to answer a key question from the community, particularly about why additional drinking water storage capacity is needed at Glenfarg rather than elsewhere.
“We were pleased to welcome Jim Fairlie MSP to the site recently to discuss the project with him; and also appreciate the valuable engagement we have had with Glenfarg Community Council over recent months.
“The investment we are proposing is essential to ensure we can continue to provide a high quality and resilient water supply, both locally and at a regional level. We recognise that there are challenges associated with the delivery of a significant project in a rural location, close to a small community. We have sought to respond to the feedback we’ve received and address concerns, both directly and via our engagement with the planning process. We look forward to continuing to work with the community and other stakeholders in the new year.”