More than 200,000 people and businesses in much of Ayrshire and parts of East Renfrewshire are to benefit from a £120m investment in the drinking water network.
Scottish Water will improve the water supply network by installing 30 miles of new water mains to connect the system in Ayrshire with the Greater Glasgow area’s network.
The new and expanded network will enable Scottish Water to provide customers with greater security of supply and to respond more effectively to operational issues such as burst water mains and minimise disruption to customers.
Customers across a large part of Ayrshire currently receive their water from a single source, the Bradan Water Treatment Works, south of Straiton in South Ayrshire.
The water is supplied to customers’ taps via a 34-mile-long trunk water main installed about 50 years ago from the Bradan Water Treatment Works to the north of Irvine.
The construction of about 30 miles of new strategic water mains, which is expected to take about four years, will connect the Bradan water supply network to the network served by the Milngavie and Balmore water treatment works, north of Glasgow.
When complete, the investment will enable the transfer of water from Glasgow to Ayrshire, and vice-versa, if required.
This will create a larger, more robust and connected supply zone which will benefit customers in areas such as Ayr, Prestwick, Kilmarnock, Troon, Irvine, Fenwick, Galston, Stewarton, Hurlford, Maybole, Eaglesham and Newton Mearns.
Douglas Millican, Scottish Water’s Chief Executive, said: “This major strategic investment scheme, which will deliver a more resilient water supply network for Ayrshire, is the first stage in our investment to improve connections between water supply networks across Scotland.
“We have invested significantly in improvements to water quality in parts of Ayrshire in recent years and now, as proposed in our strategic projections, we will improve much of the area’s water supply resilience.”