£11.9 million upgrade for Dunnswood

Dunswood Waste Water Treatment plant
Dunswood Waste Water Treatment plant

An £11.9 million upgrade of Cumbernauld’s Dunnswood Waste Water Treatment Works has been completed by Scottish Water.

The project has involved a whole new waste water treatment process being introduced alongside the existing system to comply with new standards for waste water treatment.

It will also provide for future population growth in the area as a result of development in and around Cumbernauld.

Bill Elliot (pictured right), Scottish Water’s community team manager for Lanarkshire, said: “Dunnswood Waste Water Treatment Works has served the community well for many years. This significant investment has brought it up to 21st century standards.

“We have effectively constructed a whole new waste water treatment works alongside the existing one. This involves pumping stations, a sampling chamber, giant underground tanks, a sludge treatment and storage facility, electrical controls and maintenance of existing kit on site as well.”

A number of sustainable urban drainage scheme systems have also been introduced, with a new pond near Wardpark Industrial Estate and several more ponds on the other side of the road.

Mr Elliot added said: “Since forming in 2002, Scottish Water has invested heavily in water and waste water infrastructure for North Lanarkshire and has established itself as a valued and trusted business.

“We are continuing to deliver value for money to communities across Scotland. Scottish Water’s £2.5 billion investment in 2010-2015 will continue to deliver clearer, fresher drinking water and reducing interruptions to supply by improving our network of water mains.

“The natural environment will continue to be protected as we plan to invest over £1 billion on pumping stations, waste water treatment works and the waste water network. This will safeguard and improve the quality of rivers, burns and coastal waters across Scotland.”