Forres Waste Water Treatment Works Upgrade

£5.6m project to upgrade the Waste Water Treatment works serving Forres

We are investing £5.6m to upgrade our existing Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) serving Forres.

The project involves refurbishment of the existing works, as well as some of the mechanical and electrical equipment at the site being upgraded or replaced to increase its treatment capacity. 

The majority of the work will take place within the existing footprint of the site, and there should be minimal disruption to the wider community during construction.

We will also be constructing a new access road into the site which includes the construction of a new bridge over the Mosset Burn.  This will remove the requirement for Scottish Water to access the site through Christie Elite Nurseries via a level crossing on the railway line.

Blue skies and trees/greenery are in the background of this pic. In the centre is heavy machinery with a large drill for piling works. A yellow excavator sits in front of it.

Forres WWTW Upgrade Works

Work started on site in July 2020 and this picture (taken May 2023) shows the piling works getting under way for the new bridge

Why are we doing this work?

Carrying out these essential upgrade works will mean the WWTW is able to continue to meet the needs of the growing community over the years ahead while also protecting the environment.

The work, which started in July 2020, is expected to be complete by Autumn 2023.

Our Alliance partner ESD is carrying out these works on our behalf.

The Scottish Water (Forres Waste Water Treatment Works Expansion) Compulsory Purchase Order 2020

The Scottish Water (Forres Waste Water Treatment Works Expansion) Compulsory Purchase Order 2020 was made on 18 December 2020.  The Compulsory Purchase Order is required for the purpose of the expansion of the Forres Waste Water Treatment Work and creation of a new access track to and from Forres Waste Water Treatment Works and for all related purposes.

The Compulsory Purchase Order documents are available to download and view below.

The Scottish Ministers in exercise of the powers conferred by section 47 of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Acquisition of Land (Authorisation Procedure) (Scotland) Act 1947 has confirmed The Scottish Water (Forres Waste Water Treatment works expansion) Compulsory Purchase Order 2020 submitted by Scottish Water.  The Order as confirmed became operative on 9 February 2022 being the date notice of confirmation was first published.