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***Project Update: May 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 South Edinburgh Resilience project in order to provide an improved and more resilient supply to more than 165,000 people in Edinburgh and surrounding area.

Works will start week commencing 25th May starting with the reinstatement of the footpath at Torphin Road. We are also looking at starting on other element of outstanding work for this project and will update this page with more details when they have been confirmed

We would like to emphasise that work on essential projects will only restart with strict measures in place to ensure safe working practices and social distancing.

Project Overview

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

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.