Scottish Water makes final pour of concrete in £30m project

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THE final pour of concrete has been made in Scottish Water’s £30 million upgrade of water services in the Scottish Borders.

Poured on top of the roof of the new clear water tank being constructed just off the A7 near Selkirk, the facility is capable of holding nearly five Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water with a total capacity of 12.5 million litres.

Over 20,000m3 of rock was excavated from the site to create the base footprint for the tank. The rock was crushed and re-used on site taking away the need to remove it and helping support Scottish Water’s drive to Net Zero carbon by 2040.

Scottish Water said that the project will deliver improved treatment processes, environmental, and a more resilient supply to 20,000 homes and businesses in various areas – including Selkirk, Galashiels, Melrose, Lauder, Fountainhall and Newton St Boswells.

The utility firm added that with the main construction of the tank now complete, work will begin on the pipework which will connect the new tank and supply it with treated water from Howden Water Treatment works.

Scott Fraser, Corporate Affairs Manager at Scottish Water said, “This is a really significant investment for the Scottish Borders, so it is great to see how well it is progressing.”