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Ayrshire and East Renfrewshire Water Mains Improvement

 Ayrshire Pipeline

The £120m investment will connect the water main system in much of Ayrshire with the Greater Glasgow area’s water network and will benefit more than 200,000 customers in Ayrshire and East Renfrewshire by providing increased security of supply. This will allow us to respond more effectively to operational issues such as burst water mains and minimise disruption to our customers.


First Phase of water mains investment

The first phase of the project began in May 2016, comprising of the installation of 13 miles of new water main from near Newton Mearns to the Fenwick/Waterside area. This first phase is now nearing completion and whilst most of the 13 mile route is rural and through private land, construction teams have worked hard to overcome challenges such as working on peaty bogland and installing a section of the water main under a railway line near Barrhead. 

Our alliance partners, amey Black and Veatch (aBV), have also constructed a new pumping station at our existing water treatment works near Darnley as part of the project.

Second Phase

With the first phase now moving towards completion, Scottish Water has now started phase two of the Ayrshire and East Renfrewshire Water Mains Improvement in June 2017. The key elements of this stage of the project are as follows:

  • Construction of another stretch of water main approximately 13 miles long, installed from Amlaird Water Treatment Works in Waterside to Highlees Pumping Station near Dundonald
  • Construction of a new pumping station near the Grassyard interchange at Ralstonhill, east of Kilmarnock. Like the first phase of the project, the second will include stretches where the pipe goes under a railway line, near Crookedholm, and under a number of roads with road traffic management required. This second phase is being carried out on Scottish Water’s behalf by our alliance partners Caledonia Water Alliance. 

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