Scottish Water will restart work on its £3.2 million investment to improve the waste water infrastructure in Eyemouth to protect against flooding.

The work was due to start in March but was postponed due to the Covid-19 lockdown. It will start next Monday (27 July) in line with changes to Scottish Government guidance.

The project will increase the capacity of the sewer network to better protect properties and streets from external and internal flooding. It is due to last around eight months.

A small number of properties in the town have experienced internal flooding at times of heavy rainfall, which can overwhelm the sewer network.

One hundred and twenty metres of larger sewer pipes will be installed along Church Street and a new underground storm water storage tank will be built under the public car park.

The project will be delivered by Scottish Water’s alliance partner amey Black& Veatch (aBV).

Scott Fraser, Scottish Water’s Regional Corporate Affairs Manager, said: “In line with Scottish Government guidance we temporarily stopped work on this essential project when lockdown began. Due to changes in the guidance we are now able to restart work next week.

We appreciate this will mean this work will continue well into 2021 and thank the community for their patience and understanding while this work is carried out.”

He added: “Sewer flooding causes a great deal of distress for householders and it also has a detrimental effect on the local environment. This work should significantly reduce the risk of future sewer flooding in Eyemouth.”

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