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North Uist


Scottish Water is investing £15m to provide a single, improved water supply for our customers across North Uist and Berneray.

A new water main connecting Lochmaddy and Bayhead was completed in 2017 and work on a new Water Treatment Works for the islands is progressing well.

Lochmaddy Water Treatment Works at Muir of Ord

The new Water Treatment Works has been built by Ross-shire Engineering at their specialised factory in Muir of Ord.  It will be transported to the site, next to the existing Lochmaddy Water Treatment Works, in modules and reassembled ahead of final commissioning.  

Before the modules’ arrival, work at Lochmaddy has included rock blasting to create the platform area where the Water Treatment Works will be sited, together with construction of an access track and pumping main from a new pumping station on Loch Fada. 

The investment that we are making will offer improved security of supply for communities across North Uist and Berneray; and ensure that our customers continue to receive high quality, great tasting drinking water into the future.

Latest news

Delivery of modular treatment units

Deliveries of the modular treatment units are currently underway:

• Two initial convoys made their way successfully from Muir of Ord to Uig in Skye; and then by ferry to Lochmaddy during week commencing Monday 18 June.

• Two further convoys are due to leave Muir of Ord at 9am on Monday 25 June and on Wednesday 27 June.

• The final two convoys are expected to make the journey during week commencing Monday 2 July and final details will appear on this page once confirmed.

Each delivery will travel with a police escort from Muir of Ord to Uig via the A832, the A9, the A82, the A887 and the A87.  Our haulage contractor will work with the police and with Caledonian Macbrayne to minimise delays for other road and ferry users.  

We expect the final journey from the ferry terminal to the site in Lochmaddy to take around 30 minutes.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these deliveries and thank residents and other road users for their patience while we complete this work.