Work is well under way on a £6.5 million Scottish Water project to protect the future of the water supply for the district of Ness.
Scottish Water partner Efficient Service Delivery (ESD) is carrying out the work to expand the existing water treatment works at Airigh Na Gaoithe and to fit upgraded water treatment equipment and controls. A new filtration system and generator are to be housed in an extension to the existing main building, as well as a separate new raw water storage tank.
The work will ensure Scottish Water can continue to supply fresh water to customers in Ness for years to come, with improved ability to maintain water supply if there’s disruption to the power supply.
ESD Project Manager Andy MacDonald said: “We’re grateful to the team at Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) who have been working with us in recent months to finalise the land and access arrangements to enable our work to go ahead.
“The site is relatively distant from residents, but we appreciate there will be some additional construction traffic while work is underway. We will make every effort to keep any disruption to a minimum and to ensure drivers are mindful of safety at all times.”
Malcolm MacPhail of Scottish Water’s Stornoway base said: “The investment we are making is important to ensure that Ness has a reliable and high-quality water supply for years to come. The upgraded works will have improved capacity to accommodate natural variation in the quality of the raw water. It will also have additional resilience to withstand periods of severe weather and is sized to meet the community’s projected future needs.”
There will be some additional construction traffic while work is underway, but Scottish Water say every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum and to ensure drivers are mindful of safety at all times.
Access to the site is from the A857 in Habost, on to Cross Skigersta Road, continuing beyond the Habost Recycling Centre.
Work on the project is expected to take around 18 months to complete.