Scottish Water announces £5m project to reduce sewer flooding in Annan

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SCOTTISH Water has announced a £5 million project to improve Annan’s wastewater network and help reduce sewer flooding at times of heavy rainfall.

The statutory corporation has planning permission for the work, which will involve the installation of an underground storm water tank in Newington Park and upgrade of sections of the sewer network.

The project is due to commence in January 2021, with Scottish Water estimating it will last around 14 months. The corporation’s alliance partner, Amey Black & Veatch (aBV) will undertake the work.

Brian Whyte, project manager for aBV, said, “We have been liaising with the community about this project for some time now and now planning permission has been granted we are making final preparations for work to begin on this essential upgrade work in January 2021. We appreciate this work will cause some inconvenience to people in the town and will do all we can to minimise any disruption. Most of the work will be carried out during the week in the daytime.”

Scott Fraser, communities manager at Scottish Water, added, “This major investment project will help address internal sewer flooding issues in parts of Annan where an upgrade is now needed.

“Storm flows from the sewers in town, which can become overloaded, will be redirected to the new underground tank. The tank will retain the water until storms subside when the water is then pumped back into the sewers to help prevent flooding to homes and streets.”