Contractors working for Scottish Water are about to start an £850,000 project to upgrade a total of six miles of water mains on the island. The investment, which is due to start in the first week of September, will provide greater security of supply to 700 customers in areas which have been affected by burst pipes and disruption to supply in the past. These include the Crossapol, Silversands, Balephuil and Caoles areas of the island.
The improvements will also reduce leakage from our network. Mr Simon Harrison, Scottish Water’s water operations manager, said:
“Scottish Water is delighted to be starting this important improvement work on Tiree. We are committed to improving our network of water mains and our services throughout Scotland, in heavily-populated urban areas and in the most remote rural communities. This project on Tiree is a very good example of that. When the project is completed it will provide a better service to properties across the island and help the local tourist industry and economy because the improvements will also benefit visitors to the island.”
The project will involve the replacement of stretches of existing pipe, which are made of concrete, cast-iron or plastic, with new pipe made from tough plastic, which is less susceptible to bursts. The work will be carried out for Scottish Water by contractors George Leslie and is expected to be completed by the end of November.
Some interruptions to normal water supplies will be required during the work. We will make every effort to minimise this and customers affected will be given advance notification and any appropriate advice. Some traffic management on local roads will also be required during the work and again we will make every effort to minimise any inconvenience.
Mrs Jane McKenzie, Scottish Water’s regional community manager, said:
“The investment follows the completion in 2011 of an upgrade by Scottish Water at the Tiree Water Treatment Works, which improved the operability of the WTW by updating the process of filtering raw water. This new major investment to improve the pipes that take water from the WTW to customers’ taps will substantially improve our service to customers on the island and we are sure they will appreciate that any short-term inconvenience will be far out-weighed by the long-term benefits this project will deliver.”