Environmental infrastructure project set to protect River Kelvin
- February 22, 2019

A new £15M environmental infrastructure project is planned for the River Kelvin to protect Glasgow’s West End from waste.

The environmental infrastructure plan is set to be delivered by Scottish Water’s alliance partner amey Black and Veatch (aBV). It will remove items which wrongly enter the sewer system and prevent them from overflowing into the river and causing damage to the surrounding area.

Some trees will be removed in preparation for the work and an archaeological dig is also planned ahead of construction, with Scottish Water promising to plant three trees for every one that is felled. Preparatory work has already begun, with the entire project expected to be finished in the summer of next year.

The work requires 11 locations along the river to be upgraded, with walkways remaining open. Mechanical screens will be attached to overflow pipes ensuring no object larger than six millimetres can pass through in the event of floods and storms.

New underground Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) pipe systems and chambers will also have to be constructed. In some locations, new kiosks will be installed to hold electrical panels.

Friends of the River Kelvin (FORK) have expressed support for the work and collaborated with Scottish Water on the project, ensuring effective work in maintaining quality and minimal disturbance to surrounding areas.

Sewage overflow has become a bigger problem in recent years, partly thanks to increasing periods of heavy rainfall. This has led to a number of flood management projects coming underway around the country, including a tidal overflow barrier in Ipswich and a flood wall in Wales.

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