Scottish Water has announced it is investing £3.5 billion to improve water mains and drinking water supplies.
The company’s six-year investment programme, supported by £720 million from the Scottish Government, is expected to support 5,000 construction jobs.
Projects include more than £280 million in improvements to water mains and treatment works, £100 million for a Glasgow waste water tunnel to improve water quality and more than £60 million to reduce the impact of discharges to the River Clyde.
The Scottish Government has set out in its policy statement that water charges must remain stable and not increase by more than the rate of inflation.
The company will also extend assistance to charities to help them pay for water services.
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Water and sewerage services are vital to our everyday lives.
“I recognise that households and businesses are under financial pressure. That is why I expect Scottish Water to continue to deliver this £3.5 billion investment programme without the need for inflation-busting charge increases.”