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Investing in Oban's Water Supply



Read the latest postcard here, marking the go-live of the new Water Treatment Works.

We are investing over £29M in Oban’s water supply. This includes the construction of the new Tullich Water Treatment Works, which started in January 2016 and was completed in Winter 2018, with further investment expected.

This investment will ensure that thousands of customers continue to enjoy clear, fresh drinking water that meets the most stringent quality standards and will also accommodate planned growth in Oban.


The work on the new Water Treatment Works where innovative 4D visualisation technology was used by our Alliance Partners, ESD (Efficient Service Delivery) to help deliver the project. Effective tools which use new technology to enable offsite building have also been used, in turn removing the need for 8 weeks’ worth of temporary scaffolding and improving efficiency. In a bid to reduce our carbon footprint, 90% of excavated materials (such as stone etc.) have also been reused on site, saving the need to transport and dispose of these materials; this also avoided increased construction traffic through Oban.


An interesting fact about the project is that over 35000 metres of cabling is being installed in the plant- that’s enough cable to stretch from Oban to Loch Awe!


Other areas of investment are still in the planning stage but as the project progresses we will be engaging with the local community to explain what the planned works will mean for them and what impact they will have. This page will also be updated with information as the project progresses so please keep checking back for updates.


We visited Rockfield Primary School which is located just a few minutes from the site of the new Tullich water treatment work and talked to the children about the new works, the water cycle and the benefits of staying hydrated. Check out this video of one of the classes participating in the water network challenge game.  


      Oban     Mike Russell, MSP visit Tullich Site in April