THE man in charge of Scottish Water’s £4 million project to connect Ardbeg and Port Bannatyne to the Rothesay sewerage network says the scheme is “making good progress”.
The project, which started in January, will stop untreated sewage from being discharged into the sea from 13 unscreened outfalls and improve the quality of water and the foreshore in the area.
Project manager Eddie Burns acknowledged the inconvenience to some residents near Ardbeg Point, where the site offices are located, but said the company, and contractors George Leslie, would do “everything possible” to minimise the impact on nearby households.
Following a review of the design of the project, three pumping stations will be 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.
The pumping stations will be at the public toilets in Port Bannatyne, on Marine Place south of Ardbeg Point and on Ardbeg Road.
The 13 unscreened outfalls will be removed and replaced with four screened outfalls. These will discharge screened waste water in storm conditions only.
In addition, the new pipes will contain storage which will reduce the number of storm water spills.
Mr Burns said: “We are making good progress with the project in Ardbeg and Port Bannatyne. George Leslie, the contractors carrying out the work for Scottish Water, are progressing well with the pipe-laying to transfer waste water to the Rothesay treatment works.
“Work on the construction of pumping station number one has just started at the recreation field in Port Bannatyne and construction of pumping stations numbers two and three on the beach will begin at the end of May.
“Scottish Water is aware that work in the area around the site offices can cause some inconvenience to some customers living nearby and we will do everything possible to minimise this.
“However, some temporary disruption is inevitable during this kind of work and we are sure people will appreciate that any short-term inconvenience is far outweighed by the substantial improvement to the local environment that this important project will bring.
“It will make the water and the foreshore cleaner and this will benefit local people who use the foreshore and water for recreational purposes and tourists and visitors to the area.”