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Scottish Water completes £4m Bute waste water project

Aerial picture of the waste water infrastructure work being carried out
Image caption Scottish Water said the project would help protect the marine environment in the Firth of Clyde

Scottish Water has completed a £4m project to improve waste water infrastructure in the Ardbeg and Port Bannatyne area of Bute.

The scheme, which pumps waste water to the Rothesay system, is designed to help protect the marine environment in the Firth of Clyde.

The project has stopped untreated sewage from being discharged into the sea from 13 unscreened outfalls.

It is also expected to improve local water quality and the foreshore.

Three pumping stations - at the public toilets in Port Bannatyne, on Marine Place south of Ardbeg Point and on Ardbeg Road - were installed along with a new gravity sewer and rising main.

Storm conditions

The 13 unscreened outfalls have been removed and replaced with four screened outfalls.

These will discharge screened waste water in storm conditions only.

In addition, the new pipes contain storage which will reduce the number of storm water spills.

Scottish Water, which started the project in January, said it had been completed ahead of schedule.

The work was undertaken by civil engineering contractors George Leslie.

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