Scottish Water takes Bute pupils on panda trip

Pupils from Bute's three primary schools visited Edinburgh Zoo's pandas courtesy of Scottish Water and conractors EEG.
Pupils from Bute's three primary schools visited Edinburgh Zoo's pandas courtesy of Scottish Water and conractors EEG.

Primary school pupils from Bute visited the Edinburgh Zoo pandas courtesy of Scottish Water’s contractors on a major project in Rothesay which has just been completed.

Thirty-nine pupils from Rothesay, North Bute and St Andrew’s primary schools visited Edinburgh Zoo to see Giant Pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang, which arrived in Scotland last December on a ten-year loan from China.

The children, who were accompanied by Scottish Water’s project manager Stuart Flaws, regional community manager Jane MacKenzie, and regional project communications adviser Christina Rowe, won the trip in a competition to draw pictures and compose limericks about water and pandas.

Mrs MacKenzie said: “Scottish Water organised the competition for the school pupils, and our contractors in Rothesay, Euro Environmental Group (EEG), hosted the trip to Edinburgh Zoo.

“It was a very successful trip and was a great way to thank the local community for their patience and understanding while we progressed with the project in the town.”

The £900,000 project involved improvements to about a mile and a half of waste water pipes in Rothesay to tackle problems caused by saltwater intrusion to the pipes.

Large sections of pipe were cleaned and re-lined with cured plastic. The work, which also involved repairs to manholes and cutting back tree roots, has improved the condition and efficiency of assets and the process at the waste water treatment works.

Mrs McKenzie added: “Scottish Water would like to thank our customers in Rothesay for their patience and understanding while this important improvement work was carried out.”