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£2m Prestwick Sewer Flooding Project Now Complete!

Scottish Water has revealed that a £2 million investment project in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, designed to tackle sewer flooding has now reached completion, substantially reducing the area’s flood risk.


As part of the work, a 40mx10m storm tank was installed in Brandon Gardens to help provide additional storage capacity during periods of heavy rainfall. And St Nicholas Road saw around 135m of upsized combined sewer pipe installed in phases.


Although some landscaping works in the local area are still required, the work has been planned and will be finished when it is suitable to do so – which means the eight-month project is now all but completed.


Georgina Reid, the water company’s corporate affairs manager for the west area, observed that sewer flooding can be particularly distressing for those involved, which is why it’s so good that the work has now been done.


MSP Siobhian Brown made further comments, saying: “This is a significant investment in the Prestwick area and a positive step for residents who’ve experienced sewer flooding over the years.


“It causes a great deal of distress for householders and it also has a detrimental effect on the local environment. This work should significantly reduce the risk of future sewer flooding and I welcome that.”


Similarly, work is also being done to help prevent sewer flooding in the historic town of Lanark, as part of a £2.5 million scheme that got underway on November 1st. A new storm storage tank is set to be installed, while upgrades are due to be carried out across the existing sewer running along Bernard’s Wynd with larger pipes.


The project is expected to take around nine months to complete, with traffic management arrangements and local diversions now agreed with South Lanarkshire Council.


And investment is also being funnelled towards Stonehouse in South Lanarkshire to help prevent sewer flooding, with £2.5 million in funding set to see a new sewer pipe installed between Vicars Road and Spital Road so that stormwaters can be diverted to a sewer with greater capacity.


Ms Reid said: “The existing sewage infrastructure is old and now requires improvement. We recognise how distressing it can be for customers who may experience flooding.


“This is a significant investment and a major operation for our delivery partners, which will provide resilience on the sewer network serving the community of Stonehouse for many years to come.”


Part of the new sewer route will be beneath the playing pitch at Stonehouse Primary School, with delivery partner Caledonia Water Alliance tunnelling under the pitch so as to avoid causing severe disruption to both the school and neighbouring properties.


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