Fifers are set to benefit from a £4 million investment by Scottish Water.
A major transfer pipeline will allow customers currently supplied from Glendevon WTW to be supplied from Glenfarg Water Treatment Works (WTW), helping to maintain supplies during drought conditions and should issues arise at the Glendevon facility.
Councillor Tony Martin, chair of Fife Council’s enterprise, environment and transportation committee, said: “This major investment by Scottish Water to improve the security of Fife’s water supply is very welcome.
“It’s vital that Fife’s residents and businesses have uninterrupted access to a fresh, clean and safe water supply.
“The works to install the pipeline will be done with minimal disruption to Scottish Water’s customers in Fife.”
The project will allow for the transfer of up to 25 million litres of water between the two water treatment works.
That is enough to fill 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools every day.
Scottish Water’s regional community manager for Fife, Anne Marie Dewar, said: “This £4 million investment will ensure that, should we encounter drought conditions in the future or there be an issue at Glendevon water treatment works, or with one of the major pipelines transferring water from the works to our customers, that we are greatly reducing the risk of disruption in supply to our customers.
“During our current investment programme we are improving the quality of the pipelines to ensure that the clearer, fresher drinking water from our works reaches customers in the best possible quality.
“This project will ensure that it reaches them, regardless of any potential major issues.”
The pipeline will cut across the countryside in the area adjacent to the Vane Farm nature reserve.
The project team has been working closely with the RSPB facility to ensure there is minimal impact on the thousands of migrating birds currently inhabiting the reserve.
Scottish Water has pledged that any potential disruption to communities along the pipeline route is kept to an absolute minimum.
However, it will be necessary to interrupt the water supply on occasion to link the new main into the existing network.
This will be carefully planned for periods of low demand and householders will be informed well in advance of any such work taking place.