More than 165,000 people in Edinburgh and surrounding area are to benefit from investment of around £20 million in their drinking water network. 

Scottish Water has installed 4 km – out of total 12 km – of brand new mains in the southern part of the city which supplies much of Edinburgh and parts of West Lothian.

The investment will allow customers to be supplied from two different locations – Glencorse and Marchbank Water Treatment Works - making it less likely that they are left without water. 

The extended network will also have the capacity to link to other existing and future water supplies across parts of the south of Scotland. 
It will ensure Scottish Water can provide its customers in Scotland’s capital city, including a growing number of households and businesses, supplied with fresh water around the clock.

The network expansion across part of the Pentland Hills and has included working in areas where World War One training trenches were built and part of the Swanston Conservation Area, where any works undertaken during April and July must take extra care and consideration due to lambing season and ground nesting birds.

Within the Pentland Hills Regional Park, Dreghorn Woods has been designated by Woodland Trust Scotland as a First World War Centenary Wood. The park must be kept open to the public at all times during construction and measures have been taken to allow to people access the park.

The work includes single and twin pipes – all of which are bright blue and visible on areas of land across the area - being laid to connect Marchbank Water Treatment Works near Balerno and Glencorse Water Treatment Works, south of the city.

It is hoped the pipe work will be completed by the end of summer after which the area will be reinstated with thw work due to complete before the end of the year.