Scottish Water is entering the final stages of its £4 million-plus project to improve the waste water infrastructure in Ardbeg and Port Bannatyne and to help protect the marine environment in the Firth of Clyde.
The company expects to start the operation of the new system in early October by switching on pumps and transferring waste water to the Rothesay system.
The project, on which work began in January, will stop untreated sewage from being discharged into the sea from 13 unscreened outfalls, and will improve the quality of water and the foreshore in the area.
Three pumping stations - at the public toilets in Port Bannatyne, on Marine Place south of Ardbeg Point, and on Ardbeg Road near the former Baptist Church - are being installed, along with a new gravity sewer and rising main to transfer waste in normal weather conditions from Ardbeg and Port Bannatyne to the existing waste water treatment works and sewerage scheme in Rothesay.
Mechanical and electrical commissioning work is being carried out on all three, and construction is nearing completion on two.
In the past week the bulk of the pipework on Ardbeg Road has been completed, with a total of three miles of pipes being installed.
Eddie Burns, Scottish Water’s project manager, said: “We are now entering the final stage of the project and George Leslie, the contractors carrying out the work for Scottish Water, are progressing well with it and are on course to complete the work ahead of schedule.
“Once the new system becomes operational it will take about three or four weeks to complete reinstatement work, spread top soil and remove the site cabins.
“Throughout the project we have made every effort to minimise any inconvenience or disruption to local residents and this will continue right to the very last piece of work to be carried out.”
Jane McKenzie, Scottish Water’s regional community manager for the area, said: “We have had some good feedback from customers in the area about our project and the manner in which we have been carrying out our work.
“We would like to thank local people for their positive comments. As we have said before, we are aware that work in the area around the site offices can cause some inconvenience to some customers living nearby but we have done everything possible to minimise this and will continue to do so until the project is completed.”