Pupils make time for water treatment facility

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Rockfield Primary School children have buried a time capsule to mark the official opening of a new multi-million-pound water treatment facility in Oban by Michael Russell MSP.

Rockfield pupils put the final items into their time capsule.

The primary six pupils helped Scottish Water chief executive Douglas Millican and the Argyll and Bute MSP bury the historic capsule in the grounds of the new £29m Tullich Water Treatment Works (WTW) in Oban on Monday.

Filled with letters explaining pupils’ wishes for the future, drawings and school memorabilia, including newsletters and items of uniform, the capsule will remain buried for 50 years.

P6 pupil Owen said: ‘Today has been very interesting. I will definitely be thinking more about where my water comes from when I’m drinking it.’

The latest edition of The Oban Times, as well as one from January which featured the children getting started on their time capsule project, were also included.

Freya, also P6, added: ‘I really liked putting the newspaper with us in it inside the capsule. It will be good when people read it in 50 years and see how things have progressed.’

Mr Millican said: ‘Scottish Water are trusted to supply our customers with world class water and this new, state-of-the-art treatment facility will help us do just that. It ensures more than 12,000 of our customers in the Oban area will continue to enjoy clear, fresh drinking water for generations to come.’

Tullich WTW takes water from Loch Gleann A’Bhearraidh Reservoir and processes 7.2 million litres a day through its filtration system – the equivalent of around 7,200 baths. Working at full capacity, it has the ability to process 11.8 million litres a day.

The Oban Tullich WTW supply zone reaches as far north as Port Appin and as far south as the islands of Seil and Luing.

Demand in the area increases during the summer months when the population can more than double due to the number of tourists.

Mr Russell said: ‘It has been great to be involved in such a significant and exciting moment, not only for Scottish Water and their customers in the area, but also the schoolchildren who have worked hard to prepare their time capsule.’

Construction began in spring 2016 and the facility became fully operational in December 2018. Scottish Water’s partner Efficient Service Delivery (ESD) delivered the project.

The official opening of Tullich Water Treatment Works comes ahead of further planned investment in the Oban area to help reduce the risk of pipes bursting and increase the resilience of the local water supply network.