Giant storm tank completed protecting Lanark from flooding

Scottish Water has completed a £2.5million project to help drain the rain and protect the centre of Lanark from internal and external sewer flooding during extreme weather events.

A huge 13 metre deep storm water storage tank has been built beneath a car park, and the local sewer network upgraded.

It’s one of the ways Scottish Water plans to help manage rainwater during heavy storms, and reduce the risk of flooding to properties.

During these extreme weather events, excess water will be stored there before being pumped back into the sewer once water levels in the network have fallen.

Scottish Fire & Rescue Service had the opportunity to carry out a live rescue exercise on the site.

Georgina Reid, Scottish Water’s corporate affairs manager in the west said: “I am delighted we have been able to deliver this much-needed project for Lanark.

“Sewer flooding when it happens is distressing and inconvenient and that is why we are investing many millions of pounds in similar schemes across Scotland. The extra sewer capacity this new infrastructure brings will help us meet the challenges we face from the impact of climate change. Draining the rain more effectively will help avoid flooding.

“The community – especially local businesses – have been exceptionally patient and understanding for which we are very grateful.”

The project was delivered by Scottish Water’s alliance partner, amey-binnies.

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