WORK has begun on a £700,000 improvement scheme to stop sewage being discharged into the River Forth at Queensferry.
The scheme includes the installation of two new powered, fine mesh screens at the Scottish Water pumping station which will prevent debris and other materials getting into the plant.
Scottish Water is investing in the waste water network on both sides of the Forth.
Martin Evans, construction manager for the Port Edgar project believes the investment will deliver long-term benefits.
He said: “This is a significant investment which will help to improve the natural environment of the Forth for many years to come.
“Already, Scottish Water has invested significantly in this area with the construction of the town’s new waste water treatment works completed a few years ago.
“We’re taking the next step to help safeguard the river quality, investing in the waste water network.’’
He added: “We would, however, ask the local community to play their part and watch what they flush down their toilets and kitchen sinks.”
News of a potential cleaner Forth has been welcomed by local councillor Norman Work, who dipped into the Forth on New Year’s day for the Loony Dook. He said: “This is great news, any works carried out to improve the water purity in the Forth, especially in the Queensferry area has to be welcomed.”
Scottish Water’s regional community manager for the area, Bill Elliot said: “Our investment will deliver tangible environmental benefits for those living near the Forth and using Port Edgar for their leisure, whether that be sailing, kayaking or powerboating.
“Our project at the Port Edgar pumping station will further improve the river, building on the improvements already made.’’