Protect your pipes – be prepared in winter

From Scottish Water :
 
As we come into the colder weather, Scottish Water is advising customers in communities across Scotland to prepare their homes for winter.  
 
Our winter advice encourages anyone with a home, holiday home or business premises to take action to heat, insulate and protect their properties.
 
Visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/winter where you can find winter information and customers can also find further information online about their pipework responsibilities by visiting www.scottishwater.co.uk/responsibility.
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Additional Scottish Water Works – Fyffe Street/Eassons Angle #dundeewestend

From the Corporate Affairs Officer at Scottish Water :
 
I have been made aware from our contractors CWA who are carrying out our water mains upgrade works in Dundee of an additional piece of work to take place within your ward.
 
This work was originally planned previously however due to issues with the proposed backfeed (to reduce amount of customers affected) the work was unable to be completed.
 
I have been informed that the work will now take place from Monday 20th November for approximately 2 weeks.  The work involves the lining of existing water mains in Fyffe Street (near junction with Benvie Road).  
 
There may also be some work required in Easson’s Angle however at this stage nothing has been confirmed.  I will keep you updated when I have confirmation.
 
The work in Fyffe Street will not involve any road closures and access will be maintained at all times.

Scottish Water clarifies additional works in Blackness Road

Scottish Water has now clarified to councillors the details of additional works in Blackness Road, following criticism by me about the fact that the road is being dug up again just months after the original disruption in the street was completed.
 
Scottish Water’s Corporate Affairs Officer has now advised :
 
“As you will be aware we have carried out work in Blackness Road earlier this year.  Unfortunately, following the earlier work, some sections of the water main which were originally flushed have now been identified as requiring to be re-lined as per the other mains in this area.  Unfortunately, this means we will have to return to Blackness Road to carry out this work.
 
There are essentially 3 sections to this work.   Section 1 is from approximately Annfield Road to opposite the Fire Station.  Section 2 is from Rosefield Street to approximately the bus stop opposite Annfield Road.  Section 3 involves a small section of open cut mains replacement at the junction of Glenagnes Road.
Work is scheduled to be carried out starting on the 9th October and is expected to take approximately 2 weeks.  We will be able to carry out these works using temporary traffic lights which will be manned during peak times to ensure the traffic is kept moving as much as possible.  There will be no road closure required.  The section of work at Glenagnes Road will not require traffic lights but will be done under localised give and take traffic management.  These works have also been planned to coincide with local school holidays to try and further reduce any disruption caused.
Some customers will have some disruption to their water supply during these works.  All affected customers will receive notice prior to any planned interruption.
We are fully aware regards the previous disruption caused by the work carried out before and we will do all we can to keep any disruption to a minimum.”
 
I have already made clear to Scottish Water how concerned I am at further disruption to the east end of Blackness Road just months after the completion of works by Scottish Water.    The previous works by Scottish Water ended as recently as March and Scottish Water did finish in nearby Blackness Street until last May.   
 
I am also concerned that, in addition to roads disruption, the company has said that some residents and local businesses will have disruption to their water supply.   It should be remembered that its only months since the previous disruption and the local community is seriously asking why Scottish Water failed to do all the work it had to do the first time around.
 
I have sought assurances that the company will do all it can to minimise the effect on the local area and its residents.

Scottish Water works – Blackness Street – an update

Scottish Water is writing to residents in Blackness Street to unfortunately advise of a further delay in completing infrastructure works in the street.
 
This is due to the deteriorated condition of the existing water main which meant a requirement to change the method of mains upgrade to open cut replacement.    This has meant progress has been much slower than anticipated as it is necessary to lift, clean and relay the old cobble stones to ensure the area is reinstated correctly after the new pipe is installed. 
 
Open cut which means full replacement of pipes and is a longer process than sliplining.
 
Scottish Water’s update to residents reads :
 
“As you will be aware we are currently working in Blackness Street upgrading the water pipes to ensure you continue to enjoy clear, fresh drinking water, and reduce the chance of pipes bursting. 
 
Due to the condition of the existing water main we have been required to change the method of mains upgrade to Open cut replacement.  This has meant progress has been much slower than anticipated as it is necessary to lift, clean and relay the old cobble stones to ensure the area is reinstated correctly after the new pipe is installed.
 
Work will continue in Blackness Street for a further 4 – 6 weeks : 
 
• There will be some roadworks during the dates above. This will include the use of temporary traffic management.  There will be NO road closures during these works.  Please follow all signs put in place. Local access will be maintained wherever possible. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
• There will be parking restrictions in place however access will be maintained at all times.
• We may need to turn off your water supply. If we do, we will send you further information 
at least 48 hours in advance, detailing the dates and times that your supply will be affected and what to do. 
• During the works you may experience a change in water pressure and/or discoloured water. If this happens don’t be alarmed, turn on the cold water tap in your kitchen, let the water flow slowly until it runs clear. 
• Please note that this is part of a wider programme of work and dates maybe subject to change depending on progress.
 
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding while we complete this essential work and see below for details of how to keep up to date with what we are doing in your area.”

Blackness Road area – roadworks clarification

Residents will have noted that the temporary traffic lights on Blackness Road at the Glamis Road/Glamis Drive roundabout (see right) have disappeared.     However, this is unfortunately not because the works by Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) are completed.
 
I have been updated by Scotland Gas Networks’ Team Manager as follows :
 
“Unfortunately our work at the Glamis Road roundabout is well behind schedule due to the ground conditions we are encountering.   However, as Scottish Water (SW) is programmed to start in Blackness Road shortly which would conflict with our work, we are lifting the traffic management at the roundabout before they start and will return to complete our work here after SW have finished.  
 
In the meantime we will be continuing on Glamis Road itself as this won’t disrupt traffic, and will also be returning to Perth Road to complete the service works and mains abandonment which we had to abort previously.
 
Scottish Water is starting Blackness Road 20th February for approximately 2 weeks so we’ll be back at the roundabout probably mid March for about 2 weeks.”
 
The Scottish Water work is further east on Blackness Road.   The City Council has further updated me as follows : 
 
“The SW work will start 20 February at Glenagnes Road junction.    The second week they will move south to Rosefield Street for the second week.
Once SW is complete on their section of Blackness Road, SGN will return to Blackness Road Glamis with their original set up to complete works there. 
As SGN intimated, it will utilise the two weeks of 20/27 February, when SW are in Blackness Road, to complete the remaining services connections left behind in Perth Road at Arnhall Drive area.”

Peddie Street – Scottish Water works

Last week, following complaints from residents that the Scottish Water works (and excavations) were running over their planned finish date, I received an assurance from the company that the road would be returned to normal by close of play last Friday.
 
However, this did not happen as the photo (above right) taken at the weekend highlights.
 
I contacted Scottish Water over the weekend and their Community Manager has responded :
 
“Sorry to hear this as we were informed this would be completed and removed on Friday.  
 
I will pick up with the project team and establish why this has not happened.”
 
I am anxious this is resolved ASAP given the disruption to residents, including loss of parking.