THE £4.5m construction of a new waste water treatment works in Canonbie is expected to be completed next spring.
Work was delayed by three months because of the coronavirus pandemic but Amey, the contractor, put in place comprehensive measures to enable employees to return to work safely.
The treatment works are outside the village to the east of Knottyholm Farm and there is a pumping station next to the public hall.
The works will provide increased capacity for planned development in the area and treat the waste to a higher level.
Once the two new larger septic tanks are fitted, the contractor will build the screening and biological treatment stages and final settlement before the treated flow is discharged.
A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “This improved treatment will deliver environmental benefits to the River Esk which is a popular fishing river.”
To enable the flows to be diverted to the new works Scottish Water is building a pumping station close to the public hall. This will be mostly underground and the area around it landscaped.
The new pumps will transfer the flows about 1km to the treatment works via a new pipe, most of which is now in place.
This project has one critical road crossing at Canonbie bridge which will require a temporary closure with a diversion in place.
This closure will begin this Saturday and run until Sunday, October 18 to coincide with the school holidays.
Scottish Water apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.
Localised sewer works to divert flows from the existing septic tank to the new pump station are also nearing completion.
The spokesperson added: “The work is planned to be completed by the end of this year.
“Some fitting of mechanical and electrical works will follow on from that.
“We expect the new works to begin operating next spring.”
Telfords Coaches’ Monday to Friday services at 5am, 7am, 9.05am, 1.05pm and 4.05pm will travel to Rowanburn and via the Moat to Longtown and will not serve Canonbie.
The return journeys from Carlisle at 5.55am, 7.55am, 11am, 2.10pm and 5.10pm will take the same route in reverse.
The Saturday services at 9.05am to Carlisle and the return journey at 12.30pm will be the same.
The 5.05pm from Newcastleton to Canonbie will go to Rowanburn, then to Byreburnside and Claygate to Canonbie. The return journey at 5.45pm will take the same route in reverse.