Scottish Water has completed a £1.7 million upgrade to the sewage treatment works in Forfar, to protect the local community and environment, while ensuring compliance with waste water treatment regulations.
The project, which started in April, will now play a key role in protecting the natural environment in Forfar Loch.
The work to make the improvements at ageing facility - located in the Orchardbank Industrial Estate on the banks of Forfar Loch - is an important project for the area.
Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “I am delighted this project has now been completed.
“Forfar Loch is of immense importance to both the local community and to visitors.
“I very much welcome this further protection of the loch and the natural environment.”
The work was carried out by the utility firm’s delivery arm, Scottish Water Solutions.
Stuart Marsden, project manager, Scottish Water Solutions, said: “Scottish Water is delighted to have completed this major investment in this important waste water treatment facility in Angus.
“The facility serves a population equivalent of 30,000 which is a combination of Forfar’s 13,500 residents and local businesses.
“The upgrade will provide improved levels of treatment that will ensure we continue to help protect and enhance the natural environment of Forfar Loch.
“We had looked at using a system where sand filters would be used to offer a third layer of treatment, but a specialist team in Scottish Water recommended that we enhance the existing treatment processes and that this
“It will also ensure that the discharge from the works meets regulatory requirement set out by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
Scottish Water is investing heavily in Angus area in the 2010 to 2015 period.
Improvements totalling £38 million are being made to water and waste water infrastructure to enable growth in the area, enhance drinking water quality and protect the environment.
Since forming in 2002, Scottish Water has invested £65.5 million in Angus to date.