Scottish Water has said that Soctec is set to get started on an offshore ground investigation today to look at options to improve bathing water at Portobello and Fisherrow, near Edinburgh.
A 18m high, 18m wide offshore platform is currently being into position on the Firth of Forth about 1km from the Portobello shoreline (pictured) to carry out the work.
The ground investigation is expected to take five weeks.
“Scottish Water is committed to helping improve the bathing water quality at Portobello and Fisherrow,” said Scottish Water director of capital investment Mark Dickson. “This essential site investigation work will help us determine the best option to do this.
“We appreciate Portobello Beach is a hugely popular area, especially during the summer months. This work is being carried out at this time as the sea condition is likely to be the most favourable for the essential tests we need to carry out ahead of any investment.”
Portobello West and Fisherrow both received poor bathing water classifications from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) this year and Scottish Water is working with a number of agencies to look at ways to tackle this.
Sepa chief executive Terry A’Hearn welcomed the start of work on site. “We’re continuing our focus on bathing waters rated as ‘poor’, or at risk of poor water quality events,” he said. “This project is an important first step to understanding the plans for securing major improvements to bathing water quality in the future at both Portobello bathing waters and also Fisherrow Sands.”