Scottish Water works to begin later this month

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TWO essential drainage projects are to be carried out in Hawick at the end of the month.

The first involves the maintenance on a 30m stretch of steel sewer at Wilton Dean and will take around two weeks to complete.

Bill Elliot, regional community manager at Scottish Water, explained: “The sewer has become unattached from the culvert wall it was fixed to. Davidson Land Services will simply drain and overpump the sewer, jack it up and reattach it to the wall.

“Every precaution will be taken to ensure no contamination enters the Dean Burn.”

The other project will take place at the other end of the town at Hamilton Road where a surcharging manhole at the pedestrian footpath will be removed, which will stop any surcharging at the location.

Mr Elliot added: “Davidson Land Services have a plan in place to ensure pedestrians can still use the footpath in good weather and will add a temporary pedestrian crossing 100m further up the road if the footpath cannot be used in poor weather.”

The work is estimated to take no longer than three weeks.

Councillor Stuart Marshall told the Hawick News this week: “Any upgrades must be welcomed, but I am particularly pleased that the long standing issues of sewage flowing down Hamilton Road after heavy rainfall will now hopefully be resolved.”