Site of new water treatment works

New Peebles Water Treatment Works

The new works will be built adjacent to the existing site

Project Overview

  • Work started on 5th February 2021
  • The new Water Treatment Works is being constructed 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 ageing 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 – reference 20/00349/FUL. 
  • We will continue to update the community as things progress
New WTW visuals

New Peebles WTW

A 3D representation of what the new works will look like

Documents for Peebles WTW

See all the documents from our information event

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