Glasgow & West Scotland

Work planned on £5.7m Mull water improvement scheme

Tobermory
Image caption Tobermory on Mull will be one of the areas to benefit from the improvements

Work on a £5.7m project to improve the quality of drinking water on the Isle of Mull will start later this year.

Scottish Water said the infrastructure improvements would begin at the end of September or in early October.

The aim is to provide clearer, fresher drinking water to the Craignure area and meet demand during the peak summer months in the Tobermory area.

The utility firm plans to hold a customer information event on the works in Craignure Village Hall on 25 June.

Scottish Water manager Paul Morle said: "This is one of the most important projects Scottish Water has embarked on in Argyll and Bute and we know that customers and businesses on Mull will welcome the long-term benefits of these major improvements to our infrastructure.

"The project follows a strategic review by Scottish Water of options to tackle water supply and growth issues on the island and we are delighted to be starting our work later this summer."

Road disruption

Scottish Water said that stretches of the A849, between Salen and Craignure, and on the road from Tobermory Water Treatment Works to Loch Peallach, would be affected during the project.

Temporary traffic lights and lane closures will be in place at certain points.

The utility firm said road users travelling to or from the ferry port at Craignure should allow extra time for their journeys.

Scottish Water's regional community manager, Jane McKenzie, said: "We will do everything possible to minimise any disruption or inconvenience to people in the area where we will be working.

"We will ensure that we keep our customers informed and we hope that anyone who wants to find out more about our work will attend the information event on 25 June.

"We apologise in advance for any inconvenience but we are sure that our customers will appreciate that any short-term disruption will be far out-weighed by the long-term benefits this substantial investment in this part of Mull will deliver."

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