Massive Mull water upgrade starts

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A £6 million project to improve Tobermory’s water supply is under way, Scottish Water has announced.

The Tobermory Water Treatment Works (WTW) currently serves about 1,350 people in Tobermory and Salen, but will now extend to Craignure.

Scottish Water said its big investment ‘will meet demand during peak summer months and enable growth in the Tobermory area and, following the installation of more than 11 miles of new water mains in 2014, will provide better quality drinking water, and greater security of supply, to about 220 people in the Craignure and Lochdon areas.

‘These customers, who currently receive their water from the Craignure WTW, will have their source of supply changed to the Tobermory WTW, once the upgrade has been completed.

‘At the moment, the Tobermory water supply zone ends at Salen. The extended water main goes to a new Craignure service reservoir constructed near the existing WTW above the village in 2014. A new storage tank at Tobermory will increase local storage and enhance the security of supply.’

The Tobermory WTW project, which is being carried out by Ross-shire Engineering, is expected to be completed in summer 2018. Meanwhile, Scottish Water is advising there will be some minor traffic management required during the delivery of a modular treatment unit schedule for the week beginning August 28, weather permitting.