Improvements outlined to tackle ‘Methil ming’

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stakeholders have heard about a series of major improvements which are to be made to Levenmouth’s waste water network.

For years, local homeowners have suffered the foul stench coming from Levenmouth Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) situated on Methilhaven Road.

In an attempt to get to the source of the ‘Methil Ming’, Scottish Water brought in independent expert, Professor Robert Jackson, last July to conduct a detailed site inspection and look at technical data.

Last Monday’s meeting saw Scottish Water and Caledonian Environmental Levenmouth Treatment Services (CELTS) update members of the public and stakeholders on how they intend to solve issues identified by Professor Jackson.

Improvements to be made include:

-Better management of storm water storage upstream in the network to cut the risk of septic sewage arriving at the WWTW;

-In excess of £3million to be spent by Scottish Water at Cowdenbeath and Cardenden to improve pumps, screen and storage;

-Further maximise the sludge drying process and manage storage to reduce the need for sludge cake transport;

-Closer working between Scottish Water. CELTS, Fife Council and SEPA to ensure that issues and information across the catchment are understood.

Central Fife MSP, Tricia Marwick was at the meeting and remains optimistic about the action plan.

She said: “I am hopeful that the actions taken by Scottish Water will lead to improvements in the area.

“Scottish Water is spending a considerable amount of money to improve the whole network which shows they are taking this issue seriously.”

Scottish Water’s regional community manager, Anne Marie Dewar, said: “This announcement marks a major step forward.

“Further to this investment we will also review a number of practices in the management of the facility and its associated network, as suggested in Professor Jackson’s report.

“We would like to thank the community for their continued patience and understanding while this significant work is carried out.”