£100k upgrade at sewage plant

Lindsay Roy MP after addressing the protestors at the Scottish Water Meeting regarding the 'Methil Ming' - at New Bayview, Methil
Lindsay Roy MP after addressing the protestors at the Scottish Water Meeting regarding the 'Methil Ming' - at New Bayview, Methil

SCOTTISH Water has announced it is to invest £100,000 over the next few months in a bid to get rid of the Methil Ming.

The money will be spent on a number of upgrades at the utility company’s Levenmouth waste water treatment works, blamed for the well publicised odour.

Levenmouth Waste Water Treatment Works

Levenmouth Waste Water Treatment Works

Testing is currently being carried out in the building that houses the sludge dryer to find if smells are escaping, but topping the list of improvements is its plan to install a new automatic monitoring system. That will raise an alert when the waste water coming in to the works is septic and then chemicals will automatically be added to neutralise the smell. This should be in place by early September, with chemical dosing due to start within the next three weeks.

Independent consultants are also to be asked to study the impact of different weather conditions and Scottish Water will look at the way it handles complaints.

Anne Marie Dewar, Scottish Water’s regional community manager for Fife, said: “Scottish Water is listening to the concerns of our customers and locally elected representatives. This is a significant investment, and we will be writing to all our customers in the local area to explain what we are doing.

“We will continue to keep elected representatives updated as the work progresses and we will hold a public information event when the work has been completed to discuss the results with our customers.”