Published: 23/10/2017 08:55 - Updated: 16/10/2017 16:07

Scottish Water studying drainage ahead of upgrade

Councillors WalkSCOTTISH Water is carrying out a study of Forres-area drainage, ahead of improvement to local sewers.

The Integrated Catchment Study for Forres starts this month, undertaken in partnership with Moray Council and SEPA, to investigate the entire catchment area, including Kinloss and Findhorn.

A Scottish Water spokesman said: “The study will involve looking at all drainage assets, from manholes to pumping stations and overflows, covering both Scottish Water and Moray Council drains. 

“This study will also involve the installation of flow monitors across the network to better understand any issues that may arise during heavy rainfall or storms.”

Local councillor George Alexander believes the study is long overdue.

He said: “We have various places in town where runoff causes flooding including at Fleurs Road, Bank Lane and Councillors’ Walk. Many new houses have been built with waste pipes connected to original pipes which are of a lesser diameter - this is bound to cause build-ups and flooding.”

Scottish Water confirmed, in the Councillors Walk area, they are working with the local authority to better-understand road drainage and sewers to see how they may be contributing to flooding issues.

He added: “Detailed CCTV sewer surveys and property drainage surveys will also be used to help us get much better information on which to base decisions.

“Once the drainage study for Forres as a whole is complete, Scottish Water and Moray Council will work in partnership to identify the appropriate course of action required to help address any issues.”

It is hoped that the investigation will be complete in 2018.

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