Glenfarg Treatment Works Investment
Glenfarg WTW and Reservoir
Important upgrades planned to the existing Water Treatment Works which play a vital role in supplying drinking water to around 179,000 customers across Kinross-shire and Fife
Scottish Water are preparing to invest in the future of Glenfarg Water Treatment Works. The planned project at the Water Treatment Works (WTW) at East Blair in 2023, is needed to secure a high quality and resilient water supply for around 180,000 customers that the WTW serves across Kinross-shire and Fife. The existing WTW was built in 1984 and is now in need of significant investment so that it can continue to serve the area for decades to come.
The above video shows an overview of the project and our plans for the area.
What will the work involve?
The proposed investment includes several elements which work together to improve the way drinking water is produced; and to provide greater security of supply for all of the communities that the site serves. Some of the proposed work would take place within and around the existing WTW buildings, including:
- Upgrade and replacement of key equipment and filters;
- A new backwash tank, to keep the filters within the WTW working effectively; and
- A new filtered water pumping station.
The redevelopment of the historic filter beds near to the dam would include:
- A new Chlorine Contact Tank to improve the final crucial stage in the production of drinking water;
- 4 new Clear Water Tanks to store drinking water before it leaves the site. The stored water could continue to supply all the communities that the site serves if the production of drinking water was interrupted. The tanks also mean that stable production of drinking water can continue over the course of daily variation in demand from customers.
A smaller piece of work is also due to be delivered soon to improve the air curtain within the reservoir, which helps to maintain the quality of the ‘raw’ water entering the WTW during summer conditions
Why is additional water storage capacity needed at Glenfarg?
The WTW at Glenfarg plays a critical role in supplying a complex water network which spans Kinross-shire and Fife. Within the network, there are 39 local storage tanks, referred to as ‘Service Reservoirs’. These local tanks are typically located on high ground close to the communities that they serve - and their size varies to meet local needs.
A Clear Water Tank (CWT) is the source of drinking water from which all of the local tanks, both large and small, are supplied. This has to be located and sized so that it can maintain supply to all of the communities that the site serves if the normal production of drinking water is interrupted - for example due to a major technical fault or a pollution event.
Glenfarg Water Network
Here is a simplified overview of the water network supplied by Glenfarg WTW
Our planning application is now live and available to view on Perth and Kinross Council's website under the following reference. 23/01353/FLL
We will continue to work through the planning process and beyond to manage the impacts of our work, while we look to deliver improvement that is needed to the area’s water supply. You can view our updated traffic management plan which we have also issued as part of the planning application process in the document section at the bottom of this page. *please note this is a live document which constantly being updated*
One key aspect of the planning process, was engaging with the community to gather their feedback on the project. We were able to do this on 16th November 2022, with representatives from Scottish Water and Efficient Service Delivery (ESD), who are the alliance partner delivering this project on Scottish Water’s behalf, attending Glenfarg Village Hall to discuss the planned project further with the community.
This event proved to be extremely valuable with over 60 customers attending to find out more about the project and give helpful feedback.
With Scottish Water and ESD General Managers, Project Managers, and Site Engineers in attendance, the event was a great chance for the community to ask questions and give input on the areas of the project which they felt most important.
You can view our information boards from last years information event as well as newsletters we issued to customers who signed up from them at this event. We also have a road safety assessment, traffic management plan, and planning representation letter, which provide you with further information on the traffic management aspects of this project.
Click the link to download documents for this project.Click here