Parts of busy Dundee streets to close for Scottish Water repairs

Parts of three busy streets in Dundee are to see closures in the new year after Scottish Water announced its latest works.

Loons Road will be closed from Gardner Street to Logie Street from January 8.

The closure will last for three weeks for water mains works.

On the same start day, Graham Street, from Graham Wynd to Clepington Road, will be closed southbound.

The fortnight of works is also to allow for water mains to be renewed.

In addition, Old Glamis Road, from Fairmuir Road to Clepington Road, will be closed southbound from January 29 for three weeks for water main works.

The company is in the process of carrying out a £5 million mains upgrade to the network in the city, in conjunction with Caledonian Water, which is scheduled to be completed in the near future.

Some of the city’s piping had been untouched for 100 years — with Scottish Water bosses saying that the work was essential.

Residents have been told the utility companies will do all they can to minimise disruption.

Speaking to the Evening Telegraph, Kenny Mathieson, senior project manager with the utilities firm, said that the work — which is designed to give thousands of residents cleaner drinking water and better water pressure — was progressing well.

He said: “Customers should see a huge improvement when the work is done.

“We have 20 people working on the ground and they have done brilliantly to get the work done and get us ahead of schedule.”

Some of the piping has not been changed since the 1920s.

The work includes replacing the water mains and re-lining them or cleaning them by swabbing and flushing.

This improves the water quality from the existing water mains pipes by cleaning any deposits that have built up over time.

Each part of the process is carried out by different teams on a rolling basis.

Scottish Water says the work will reduce the risk of mains bursting and of people being cut off from the supply.

Last year, Scottish Water bosses reduced work around the festive season in a bid to not disrupt the city’s celebrations.

Planned work on Hill Street was put off to avoid the utility work interfering with the Hilltown Christmas tree near the clock.