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New £4M water treatment works complete in Highlands

Scottish Water customers in one of the most picturesque areas of the country are now benefitting from a multi-million-pound investment by the utility after the completion of work on a new water treatment plant.

Customers in Stoer and the surrounding area in the West Highlands now have their water supplied via a new £4M treatment plant.

The project was carried out by Scottish Water’s alliance partner ESD and contractor Ross-shire Engineering, with the building phase starting on site in mid-July last year.

The nano-filtration membrane treatment plant was built at Ross-shire Engineering’s facility in Muir of Ord, comprehensively tested, and then split into large transportable sections and reassembled on site.

David Kitching of Scottish Water said: “This membrane technology is state of art and delivers enhanced filtration to deliver cleaner, fresher drinking water for our customers in the area for the foreseeable future.

“The way we have approach this project has allowed the plant to be constructed in a controlled environment, reducing risk to the workforce, improving quality control and significantly reducing the construction period.

“The new water treatment works also includes additional storage capacity on site and a standby power generator, meaning that it will be more resilient to any disruption caused by severe weather or other possible challenges.”

Joe Syed from ESD said: “Delivering this kind of investment for small, rural communities involves a range of distinctive challenges. 

“Working with our contractor, Ross-shire Engineering, we’ve worked hard to keep disruption for the local community to a minimum. 

“The new plant was pre-assembled using state-of-the-art technology in Muir of Ord before delivery to the site, minimising the length of construction work and the associated traffic. 

“The result is a new treatment works, made in the Highlands, that will benefit Scottish Water’s customers in north west Sutherland for many years to come.”

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