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Improved Water Pipes To Benefit Tourists And Locals

Scottish Water is to improve its services to customers on the island of Tiree.

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.”

Skills for work helps RSPB

bridge building

As part of the Skills for Work programme Ruaridh Munn and Ewan Brown have been helping at The Reef Reserve since 2009.

The help they have given includes building a stock bridge over a burn – ensuring easier accesss for cattle to different parts of the reserve, providing new areas of nesting habitat by raking out gravel and sorting out waterlevels in the wetland area of the reserve.

John Bowler from the RSPB says “ Both Ruaridh & Ewan have been a real asset to the reserve over the last few months and have worked really hard to learn new skills and then put them to good use. They built the new bridge in around 2 hours, but it will hopefully last for years and make it easier for stock to move between wetland compartments without them churning up the ditch-banks as they had been doing”

Community Turbine Works Progress

turbine_siteAnyone passing by the turbine site at Ruaig could not fail to have noticed the seemingly never ending activity at the site.
The contractors men have been working tirelessly, in all weathers, over the last couple of weeks and the access road and crane pad are nearing completion. The next phase following immediately will be the construction of the turbine foundation base. This is simply a round concrete plinth about 17 metres in diameter upon which the turbine will be erected.
After the turbine is erected the foundation and the crane pad will be covered over and tidied up. The TREL Board wish to thank the community for their patience during the transportation of the aggregate to the site.
There will be some further movements of heavy vehicles delivering foundation materials but hopefully not to the same degree as before. Nevertheless we apologise if this causes any inconvenience. We will keep you advised of how things are progressing.