Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has contacted Scottish Water following a constituent’s concerns that dirty coloured water is being discharged into the River Nith from the sewage works in Troqueer.
Elaine Murray said:
“A constituent emailed me with photographs of what looked like very discoloured water being discharged into the River Nith. He said he had contacted SEPA when this had happened previously, and had been told that Scottish Water had been contacted and were investigating the cause. He was concerned as the discharge of dirty water had recurred and his concerns were shared by some of the owners of the boats moored at Kingholm Quay.
I have contacted Scottish Water, who have requested further details about when and where the discharges occurred.
Scottish Water invested £14m in an upgrade of sewage works in Troqueer, completed in October 2011. The upgrade increased the sewage work’s capacity by 20,000 and introduced a ‘state of the art’ treatment for the residual sewage sludge enabling it to be used as a fertiliser and soil improver. It would be very disappointing if, after all the funding which has been invested in the plant, polluting water were being discharged into the Nith
“I look forward to receiving an explanation and hope that it will indicate that the discharge is benign, despite its appearance”