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Tullich Water Treatment Works officially opens

Scottish Water's £29 million Tullich Water Treatment Works in Oban has been officially opened by Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell.

The works takes raw water from Loch Gleann A’Bhearraidh Reservoir and currently processes 7.2 million litres of water 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 supply zone reaches as far north as Port Appin and as far south as the islands of Seil and Luing, and includes the areas of Connel and Benderloch in between.

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

The site has been operational since December 2018.

As part of the official opening, pupils from Rockfield Primary School helped Scottish Water’s chief executive, Douglas Millican, and Mr Russell, bury a historical milestone in the grounds of the new £29m Tullich Water Treatment Works (WTW) in Oban. 

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.

Speaking at the opening, Millican said: “I am delighted to be here today to mark the opening of one of Scottish Water’s biggest investment projects in Argyll and Bute to date. 

“At Scottish Water we 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. What better way to mark this important milestone than burying a time capsule to be opened by future generations living in the area.”

While the MSP for Argyll and Bute commented: “It has been great to be involved in such a significant and exciting moment not only for Scottish Water and their 12,000 customers in the Oban area who will benefit from the new treatment facility, but also the schoolchildren from Rockfield Primary School who have worked hard to prepare their time capsule.

“I am pleased that this state of the art facility will benefit greatly the constituents living in the area and also help to support the influx of tourists expected in the summer months.”

Author: Jamie Hailstone,
Topic: Wastewater quality
Tags: Scottish Water , water treatment

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