WATER quality engineer, Panton McLeod, has played a vital role in ensuring a major new pipeline remains on-track in the Highlands.
The Borders-based firm, which cleans, inspects and repairs structures used in the UK drinking water industry, was called to sterilise a new mountain pipeline in Glencoe that will help provide drinking water for thousands of people in the region.
The project saw Panton McLeod disinfect and sterilise a 29km section of pipe to prepare it for service. The section is part of a wider pipeline network stretching across the mountains above Fort William that links a new pump house at Glen Nevis with the existing water mains in Glencoe.
Paul Henderson, Panton McLeod’s operations director, said that the project had been particularly challenging due to the adverse weather conditions and the high altitude of the pipeline.
He added: “There were some very steep tracks leading up to the areas along the highest sections of the pipeline, so we needed to have our best 4×4 vehicles on hand to get the team into position to carry out the disinfection work.
“We were also battling the elements, as there was a lot of snow and ice on the ground at that altitude and this made the conditions very challenging. However, our team is used to working in all kinds of weather and is capable of performing well even when the odds are against us.
“We were able to use all of our years of expertise in the water sector to ensure that the whole section of pipeline was disinfected thoroughly, allowing it to be put into service on time. This new Glencoe pipeline will assist in providing drinking water supplies for customers in the region and cope with added demand, so it is a very important project to have been involved with.
“I’m very proud of all of the Panton McLeod team that worked on this pipeline, as they once again showed they are able to perform to the highest standards even in the most challenging of conditions.
“We’re also delighted to provide our services once again for Scottish Water and helping ensure that customers in Scotland continue to enjoy the freshest supplies of drinking water at their taps.”
The project is the latest high-profile work that Panton McLeod has completed for Scottish Water. For the past 15 years, the firm has provided expertise in cleaning and repairing water structures across Scotland – which has included contributions to some of the biggest water projects Scottish Water has undertaken, such as the £120 million Loch Katrine scheme.
Earlier this year, the firm agreed a new deal with Scottish Water – arranged as part of an ongoing Price and Supply Agreement – that will see it clean and disinfect more than 400 service reservoirs and water tanks across the Ness, Don, Tayside and Ayrshire regions, helping to further improve water purity for customers in Scotland.
Panton McLeod is one of the best-known names in the water industry, working with the biggest companies on the inspection, cleaning and repair of drinking water structures.
In the past decade, the firm has grown from its headquarters in Newtown St Boswells adding further offices in Nottingham and in the United States. The U.S. base in Denver, Colorado, is the hub for its North American division Panton McLeod Americas – which is currently revolutionising the way drinking water storage and treatment structures are cleaned and disinfected across the USA.
More information can be found by contacting 01835 822 835 or visiting Panton McLeod’s new website www.pantonmcleod.co.uk
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