Back Tolsta

Back Tolsta

Scottish Water invested £9.3m to upgrade the water network serving communities north of Stornoway.

What are we doing?

Scottish Water invested £9.3 million to upgrade the water network serving the communities north of Stornoway, including Marybank, Laxdale, Back and Tolsta. The project was  completed in late 2022. The work was delivered on Scottish Water's behalf by its alliance partner Caledonian Water Alliance (CWA) and subcontractor Macaulay Askernish.

What does the work involve?

The project involved the construction of around 21km of new water main, including:

  • Approx. 11.8km of gravity fed pipe from Marybank to Back
  • Approx. 9.3km of pumped pipe being installed between Back and Tolsta

A new pumping station was built at Back and a new water storage tank at Tolsta.

Why are we doing this work?

The investment was important to improve the security of water supply for our customers north of Stornoway so they can continue to enjoy clear, fresh great-tasting drinking water in the years ahead.

Engaging the local community

We held two drop-in information events on Wednesday 25 September at Back Community Centre between 11am and 1pm; and Laxdale Community Hall between 4pm and 7pm to enable residents to view the proposals and speak to the project team. The information that was on display at the event can be found in the Document Hub.