Site of new water treatment works

New Peebles Water Treatment Works

The new works will be built adjacent to the existing site

We  are working closely with water sector partners and follow guidance from UK and Scottish Government as well as the NHS with regards to the current Corona virus pandemic and we have temporarily halted capital investment work at live construction sites across the country. However we are still progressing with plans for our vital investment work including the Peebles WTW project. 

Peebles WTW Planning Application

 The next phase of this project is to submit our proposals for planning. We have submitted an application to Scottish Borders Council for planning permission to build the new works in the town to ensure it can continue to provide clear, fresh, high quality drinking water to customers in Peebles and Eddleston. We have written to everyone who lives on Bonnington Road to let them know, as we recognise the construction of the new works will have some impact on the access road. 

The New Works:

We plan to build the Water Treatment Works in the field to the south of the existing WTW on Bonnington Road, on the outskirts of Peebles. The new works will continue to be supplied by raw water from Megget reservoir, which is the current source for drinking water in the area. 

We aim to deliver a long-term, sustainable WTW that meets the needs of present and future generations. The Peebles WTW, which we know as Bonnycraig WTW, was built in 1970’s. It is now time to upgrade the works due to its age, as like most things in life the technology and equipment has a certain lifespan. The best option to ensure continued high quality drinking water for our customers in in the area is to build a new works, rather than try and upgrade an aging works to modern standards.

There were two key principles adopted for the design for the proposed WTW. The first was that it aim to have a net zero carbon footprint and the second was that landscape impact was minimised.  The building has been designed using an innovative modular technology where it will be constructed off site and delivered to Peebles in sections. There is a reduction in carbon emissions using this construction method as it has a considerably reduced construction programme, less site preparation and fewer vehicle movements for workforce, equipment and supplies.

It is also proposed to install Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the roof of the building which we anticipate will provide an annual return of around 50MWh. There is far more detail in the planning application supporting statement for the application which will be available on the Scottish Borders Council website soon – reference 20/00349/FUL.

Information event

Thank you to all that attended our information event on Tuesday 3rd March. 

You can view all the documents and posters using the link below. 

The next steps for the project will be Scottish Water submitting a planning application to Scottish Borders Council for the new works. We will upload the planning information to this webpage and update the community throughout this process.

Docments for Peebles WTW

See all the documents from our information event

Document Hub