Water restoring 

Posted: 24th June 2022, 21.00hrs



A section of the A96 between Lhanbrybe and Mosstodloch will be reopened to traffic at 6.00am on Saturday 25th June, following completion of extensive road reinstatement and repair work, after a burst on a strategic water main beneath the road.


Scottish Water engineers worked through the night to complete a challenging repair in the early hours of Wednesday morning.


A specialist reinstatement contractor has since been working to reinstate the extensive excavation that was needed in the trunk road carriageway and repaired wider damage caused by the burst.


As of 6.00am Saturday morning the diversion arrangements which have operated over the period of the closure will be removed.


A spokesperson for Scottish Water said:

“We would like to thank local communities and road users for their patience and support while our team was working to repair a key part of the local water network; and then to get the road safely back to normal operation as quickly as possible.


“Alongside our specialist contractor, we have worked closely with BEAR Scotland to ensure a high standard of reinstatement work. This has taken longer than originally hoped, but will help to minimise the risk of problems with the road surface in the future. The diversion arrangements have generally worked smoothly, but we would like to apologise for the delays some road users have experienced.”

Discoloured Water

To learn more about discoloured water read our factsheet. 

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Discoloured water

When we are doing maintenance or repairs to the water network, you may experience cloudy or discoloured water. This video explains what to do if you are affected.

Discoloured Water FAQs

If you notice any unusual taste and odour, please contact us so we can carry out the necessary investigations to resolve this for you as soon as possible. For more information please see our factsheet: Colour, taste and odour explained.

If the water from your cold kitchen tap (or any other mains fed tap) suddenly becomes discoloured, this could be because some maintenance or repair work is being carried out on our network in your area. If we have not informed you of any work being carried out, please contact us for more details. If we are not working in your area, we will investigate the cause of discolouration for you and let you know. For more information please see our factsheet: Colour, taste and odour explained.

In most cases discoloured water is not harmful and can be cleared by running the first incoming cold water tap (usually in the kitchen) at a trickle until it clears. Very occasionally customers have noticed "tiny particles" or "bits" in their tap water. This can be caused by planned or unplanned work to the water supply network which causes natural sediment in the pipes to shift (quite often this is a dark red, brown colour).

Small dark grey or black particles can occasionally be caused if your pipework is made from lead. This is most likely if your house was built before 1970. For more information see our Lead and Your Water pages.