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Clearer, fresher drinking water for 20,000 people in Cowal

07 September 2012

Scottish Water has completed its near £7.5m investment to provide clearer, fresher drinking water to more than 20,000 customers in the Dunoon and Cowal area.

The final phase of our £3.9m project to improve 27 miles of mains in the distribution network served by the Loch Eck Water Treatment Works (WTW) has just finished. It follows the completion earlier this summer of a £3.5m project to upgrade the WTW.

The combined investment will substantially reduce the potential for manganese going through the network. Manganese is a naturally occurring substance which can cause discoloured water. It is no risk to public health at the levels which have been recorded in the area in the past.

The project at the WTW involved the installation of a manganese removal plant to remove it to levels well within the regulatory standards.
Following the project at the WTW, the final cleaning of the water network began in late July. This comprised about six weeks of cleaning, with the work being done at night to minimise inconvenience.

Most of the work on the network of pipes started in June last year and was completed earlier this year. This included the replacement or relining of mains. The work on the pipes was carried out for Scottish Water by contractors George Leslie.

Scottish Water’s investment at the WTW and in the network of distribution pipes – which was required by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland – is now benfiting customers throughout the supply zone in Dunoon and areas such as Sandbank, Hunter’s Quay, Kirn, Toward, Kilmun, Ardentinny, Strachur and St Catherine’s.

Mr Jim Hassan, Scottish Water’s water operations manager, said: “Our investment in both the WTW and the water mains is now helping to ensure customers are enjoying clearer, fresher drinking water and will do so for many years to come. We are delighted to have completed this substantial investment in our infrastructure in the Dunoon and Cowal area.”

The work on Scottish Water’s water infrastructure brings to £41.5m the total value of our investment in the Dunoon and Cowal area recently.