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Phase 1 of Scotland's largest ever water programme completed

Scottish Water has completed the first phase of its £113M water mains renewal project. Due to be completed in April 2015, the project, which started three years ago, has seen 2,924km of pipes upgraded to meet stricter water quality standards.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “The extensive reach of the scheme, stretching from Shetland to the Scottish Borders, means households throughout the country are now benefiting from an enhanced water supply, while local areas have been boosted by the support of extra jobs.

“Scotland’s water quality is at its highest level ever and we are striving to improve on this through the renewal and maintenance scheme which forms part of the Scottish Government’s wider £2.5B water and waste services investment.”

More than 99.8% of supplies taken from customers’ taps met the required standards water quality standards in 2011 and Scottish Water claims it is working to improve this figure further.

In addition, leakage rates have fallen by 44% since 2002/03 with Scottish Water claiming this is a result of it using cutting edge technology to find and reduce leaks.

Tom Davidson, programme manager for the project, said: “The work has involved flushing, re-lining and replacing water mains all over Scotland to ensure optimum water quality, reduce leakage and also reduce the likelihood of burst water pipes.

“Some water mains in Scotland have been in place for decades and require upgrading to ensure they deliver maximum water quality and security of water supply. Water main networks are comparable to structures like the Forth Bridges and therefore require constant maintenance to ensure they perform as designed.”

To ensure water supply was maintained at all times, 15km of additional bypass pipe had to be put in place and relocated 27 times as the project progressed.

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