Nereda plant

State-of-the-art Technology

Winchburgh will use the same Nereda technology as the recently opened works at Inverurie WwTW

Project Overview

Scottish Water plans to build a new £21 million state-of-the-art Waste Water Treatment Works upgrade in Winchburgh 

Planning permission was submitted to build a new and larger works on the edge of the town, next to the site of the current WwTW.

The current site has come to the end of its life and the new works will provide sufficient capacity to support existing and proposed development in Winchburgh for the next decade and beyond

The new works will make use of state-of-the-art Nereda technology which reduces energy usage by up to a half and treats wastewater more effectively.

Award-winning Nereda technology treats waste water much faster than current treatments and takes away the need for pumps and mixers, meaning less energy and space is needed to treat a higher quantity of waste water. It also removes the need to use any chemicals during the treatment process which better protects the environment at local waterways. 

If approved, the permanent works will be built by Scottish Water’s alliance partner Efficient Service Delivery (ESD) and start operating by the end of 2022.

Temporary works

Work restarted in May 2020 on the temporary waste water treatment site south of Craigton Place and Niddry Burn. West Lothian Council has already given planning permission for these works, which will cost around £4 million, and will start operating in autumn.

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The temporary site will be used for approximately two years while the new permanent works is built next to it. Once this is operating, the temporary site will be removed, and the land returned to use by the landowner.

There will be some parking restriction in the car park next to the bowling community centre while this is being built. Some construction traffic will be moving through parts of the town, but this will be kept to a minimum as will the noise from equipment being used.