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Scottish Water completes £51m clean-up project

A £51m project to help protect coastal areas and rivers in parts of Ayrshire has been completed by Scottish Water.

The storm water management scheme will boost water quality in the River Irvine and Kilmarnock Water and bathing waters of Irvine Bay in the Firth of Clyde.

The project, which started almost three years ago and was completed on time and budget, involved the construction of 12 miles of waste water pipeline.

It will help Scottish Water meet EC directives on bathing water standards.

Three large pumping stations were also built, along with sewer overflows and a 10,000 cubic metre storage tank.

Geoff Aitkenhead, Scottish Water's asset management director, said: "Completion of this massive scheme, one of the biggest of its kind Scottish Water has ever undertaken, is a milestone for us.

"We are delighted to have delivered this major investment, which will make significant improvements to the natural environment in the area."

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