£2.5m upgrade work complete at Kirkcaldy water treatment works

Waste water treatmant Works at Pathhead Sands, Kirkcaldy
Waste water treatmant Works at Pathhead Sands, Kirkcaldy
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Scottish Water has completed a £2.5 million investment in Kirkcaldy waste water treatment works at Pathhead Sands.

The upgrade project, which started in autumn 2011, will ensure the facility plays a ‘key role in continuing to protect the natural environment in the Firth of Forth’ the authority claims.

The facility at Pathhead, which was constructed in the 1980s, was previously upgraded in 2001 and again in 2010.

Councillor Arthur Morrison said: “This is a very welcome development and investment in our infrastructure by Scottish Water at a time when they must have a lot of competing priorities.

“I wish to take this opportunity to warmly thank them on behalf of the community.

He added: “Clean water and responsible waste water treatment is fundamental for public health and environmental protection.

“Scottish Water has ensured that our area will fully comply with best practice now and in the future.”

The work was carried out by the utility firm’s delivery arm, Scottish Water Solutions.

The facility serves a population equivalent of 73,000 which is a combination of Kirkcaldy and Dysart’s residents and local businesses.

Mike Pratt, project manager, Scottish Water Solutions, said: “Scottish Water is delighted to have completed this major investment in this important waste water treatment facility in Kirkcaldy.

“The upgrade will ensure the level of treatment continues to protect the natural environment of the Firth of Forth.

“We have refurbished and replaced a lot of the components and processes on site so the facility continues to serve the community.

“It also makes the treatment process more efficient and the maintenance of the site more cost effective by having better kit that doesn’t require frequent and costly repair work.

“It will also ensure that the discharge from the works continues to meet regulatory requirements set out by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).”

In previous years the works were the source of the notorious ‘Pathhead Pong’, however, residents report that neighbourhoods are only affected by a smell on an intermittent basis these days.

Included in Scottish Water’s 2010-2015 investment period is a £8.7 million investment in a wetland at Cowdenbeath.