Early completion of water mains work

Work to improve the water main in Forest Road, Cumbernauld
Work to improve the water main in Forest Road, Cumbernauld
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Scottish Water has completed a major upgrade to its water mains network in Cumbernauld ahead of schedule.

The utility invested around £2.8m to improve part of the local network to provide customers with additional resilience and security of supply.

This investment followed some bursts on a water main in the area, including one last May which caused disruption to normal water supplies to about 6000 customers.

Originally scheduled for completion in the spring, the work has been delivered ahead of time by Scottish Water’s alliance partner Caledonia Water Alliance (CWA) and involved the installation of a 1.2 mile stretch of new water main along Forest Road from its junction with Arns Road to the ramp of the B8045.

John Rae, Scottish Water’s Water Operations general manager, said: “We’re delighted that this challenging and high profile improvement work has been completed well in advance of when we’d originally anticipated.

“That’s testament to how well the teams from CWA and Scottish Water worked together on this project.

“Our investment here means that customers can be confident in their water supply and a reduced risk of future disruption.

“We’d like to thank customers in the area for their patience and understanding throughout these works, and we hope that they are pleased with the results.”

The early completion was welcomed by Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East MP Stuart McDonald and Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP Jamie Hepburn.

Mr McDonald said: “This will be very welcome news across Cumbernauld, but especially for the thousands of households affected by disruption last May.

“The scale of investment and the work undertaken shows that Scottish Water has been alive to the serious problems this caused to the community and has responded appropriately, and it is also good to see the work finished ahead of schedule.”

Mr Hepburn added: “There has been a number of instances of loss of water supply due to problems with older infrastructure, so its good to see Scottish Water make the commitment to invest locally to modernise that infrastructure.  

“It is great to see that work has now been completed.”