Water quality engineering firm Panton McLeod has agreed a new deal with utility giant Scottish Water that will help keep drinking water supplies across Scotland at their purest levels.
Borders-based Panton McLeod – the UK’s leading expert in providing repairs, cleaning and inspection services for facilities used in the storage of drinking water – has signed an agreement to provide its services on more than 400 underground water storage tanks across the country over the next six months.
The deal is the latest high-profile work that Panton McLeod has provided for Scottish Water. For the past 15 years, the firm has provided expertise in cleaning and repairing water structures across Scotland – which has included major work as part of some of the biggest water projects Scottish Water has undertaken, such as the £120 million Loch Katrine scheme.
The latest projects, which have been arranged as part of an ongoing Price and Supply Agreement, will see Panton McLeod clean and disinfect more than 400 service reservoirs and water tanks across the Ness, Don, Tayside and Ayrshire regions, to help further improve water purity for Scottish Water customers.
Iain Weir, Panton McLeod’s managing director, said: “We’ve worked extensively in the past with Scottish Water and we’re delighted to have agreed this new series of projects with them. We are looking forward to continuing to provide our expert services across the whole of Scotland under this new deal.
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“We’ll be cleaning and disinfecting facilities right across the country, ranging in capacity from small water storage tanks to huge underground reservoirs the size of Murrayfield stadium. We also have our expert repairs division on hand to provide any refurbishment work that needs to be done on these facilities. It’s a challenging prospect, but with our experience in the UK water industry, we will strive to ensure that customers in Scotland continue to receive the purest supplies from their taps.
“Scottish Water continues to make concerted efforts to ensure that water quality standards across the country remain at their highest level, so it is a great endorsement of our expertise that they have chosen us to carry out this work for them.
“Our technology will provide them with a cost-effective, efficient and environmentally-friendly way of performing routine cleaning and inspection work across Scotland.”
Under the agreement Panton McLeod will be providing a range of services for Scottish Water, including traditional drain-down cleaning, inspection and repair work. The firm will also be utilising its innovative environmentally-friendly robots – the VR600 and ROV units – to inspect and clean some service reservoirs while they are still on-line, ensuring that customers do not face any disruption to their water supplies.
The machines are remotely operated and fitted with cameras and lighting equipment, which allows staff controlling the sub to assess the interior of the tanks without having to drain the facilities first. They are also used solely within clean potable water environments and meticulously cleaned and disinfected prior to every use to ensure they can be safely used in the public water supply. Panton McLeod conducts rigorous tests before and after their use in each inspection.
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John Rae, General Manager of Water Operations, Scottish Water, said: “We are proud to continue our working relationship with Panton McLeod. The cutting-edge processes that the firm has developed to clean water tanks are an excellent example of innovation in the water industry.
“The robot technology that Panton McLeod is using enables thorough maintenance of our water tanks to ensure we are always delivering clear, fresh drinking water to customers across 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.
It has carried out numerous high-profile projects for Scottish Water over the past 15 years, including carrying out a vital part of the multi-million pound Loch Katrine project in 2006 – a £120 million development designed to bring Glasgow’s drinking supplies into the 21st century and the biggest-ever single investment by Scottish Water.
Over the past year it has also carried out major repairs on water storage facilities across the whole of the UK – including a series of roofing repairs across Warwickshire for Severn Trent Water, and extensive refurbishments of facilities at Cowhill in Fort William and at Loch Ascog in Argyll & Bute.
In recent years, the firm has grown from its headquarters in Newton St Boswells and it now has 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 water storage structures are inspected, cleaned, de-biofouled and disinfected across the USA.