Selkirk to Galashiels Pipeline
***Project Update - April 2020***
Following Scottish Government guidance, we took the decision in March that the majority of our planned work, including our capital investment programme, would be temporarily paused to protect public health.
In response to the latest guidance, reflecting the need to prioritise investment that is considered essential to the delivery of public services, we have established a regular review to identify projects that fall into this category. This has identified the need to restart our work on the Manse Street project in Galashiels in order to provide an improved and more resilient supply to over 20,000 households and businesses across the central Borders.
Work to complete the final 1.5km of pipeline through private land will start on Monday 4th May. We have also written to the small number of nearby residents to inform them of this work.
We are also looking at the possibility of starting up works on the Clear Water tank part of the wider investment project for the central borders area. However, we are still waiting for details on when this is likely to be. As soon as we have more information we will update the project page.
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Overview of project
As part of our £30 million investment in the water network supplying Galashiels, Selkirk and the surrounding area we are constructing a new 7 mile/11.6km pipeline between Selkirk and Galashiels.
To date we have installed over 7km of new pipeline. Work is on-going on the tunnel under the River Tweed.
In order to avoid a gas main we will also be drilling under the A7 to a depth of 14 metres.
This pipeline will enable us to decommission Manse Street Water Treatment Works which takes water from the Caddon Water.
The pipe will cross local roads and will require short periods of traffic management. We will work to keep disruption to a minimum during this work.
Signs will be erected before the work to inform the community.
The pipe will take over 5 million litres of water from south to north each day.