Luing faces months of water mains repairs

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Work on a £1.2 million project replacing Cullipool’s water mains starts next week and could last up to nine months.

The current water network needing replacing is over 70 years old in some places and has been prone to frequent bursts says Scottish Water’s corporate affairs regional manager Georgina Reid.

The road through the village on Luing will be closed when necessary on safety grounds and traffic management plans have been agreed with Argyll and Bute Council.

Customers’ water supply may also need to be turned off, but Scottish Water has said that residents will be given at least 48 hours warning.

‘This is a project that will bring enormous benefit to the local community and is a significant investment to ensure we continue to deliver a reliable supply of clear, fresh and high-quality drinking water for many years to come,’ said Ms Reid.

And she added: ‘Scottish Water would like to thank customers and visitors to Luing in advance for their patience while we deliver this important water mains improvement project.’

Luing Community Council has written to Scottish Water numerous times over the years about mains leaks and bursts.

‘Hopefully the work will be carried out quicker than expected and the people of Cullipool will be grateful and thankful,’ he said.

Earlier this year The Oban Times reported Scottish Water’s plans to solve  water treatment problems on the neighbouring island of Seil had gone back to square one after years of splitting opinions on where to put a new treatment works.

Scottish Water has decided to stay put rather than relocate the works from Clachan Seil to a hillside site for a cost of £5.6 million.

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: ‘We have recently established that the most viable option is to keep the existing works at Balvicar, and install a side stream filter and ultraviolet treatment unit to work in conjunction with the existing process and treat additional flows when required.

‘We are currently working further on a final design to progress this to the next stage.’

Scottish Water’s plans to build a small septic tank at Seaview remain unchanged.