SCOTTISH Water is to implement a crucial environmental improvement project to tackle the issue of flooding in part of the Knightswood area of Glasgow.
The investment of £1.5 million in improvements to the waste water network will help reduce the risk of flooding in the Shafton Road area, where more than 60 properties have experienced recurring flooding problems for a number of years.
The project is part of a £250 million, five-year programme of work which will continue to improve river water quality, enable the Greater Glasgow area to grow and develop, alleviate sewer flooding and deal with the effects of climate change.
To minimise the risk of flooding in the Shafton Road area, where there are 27 properties which have been affected by internal flooding and 35 affected by external flooding, Scottish Water will install a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) on the trunk sewer upstream on the waste water network in the Summerston area of Glasgow.
The CSO, which is expected to take about six months to complete, will help protect the Shafton Road area from flooding during prolonged storm conditions by preventing the water levels in the sewer from reaching flood levels.
Gary Caig, Scottish Water’s west area wastewater assets manager, said, “Scottish Water is committed to doing everything we can to help communities and customers by playing our part in tackling flooding and dealing with the impact of heavy rainfall.
“We are aware some properties in the Shafton Road area have suffered from recurring flooding over a number of years and we fully appreciate the inconvenience this can cause.”
Scottish Water has carried out detailed investigations into the flooding in the area, including using computer modelling, and these have indicated the flooding has been caused by capacity issues in the sewer network.
On occasions, floodwater in storm conditions or heavy rainfall flows into Shafton Road when a nearby sewer floods the network at Strathblane Gardens and Anniesland Business Park. The work will be carried out by contractors George Leslie.