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£5m water works plans to go on show at public event


By Staff Reporter


The River Findhorn at Tomatin.
The River Findhorn at Tomatin.

Scottish Water is inviting residents to attend the event at Strathdearn Millennium Hall on Wednesday.

The utility’s delivery alliance partner Efficient Service Delivery (ESD) has been developing proposals for a new water treatment works to serve around 800 customers in the area around village. The new works will be sited close to the existing borehole and water works, on the west side of the river a short distance south of Findhorn Bridge.

Work on the project is expected to get underway later in the spring and to be completed by summer 2020.

The new works will use a transportable model that has been developed in partnership between Scottish Water and Ross-shire Engineering for use in rural communities.

The water treatment works will be assembled and tested at Ross-shire Engineering’s specialist factory in Muir of Ord, before being carefully delivered and installed at its long term home.

ESD Project Manager Callum Wardrop said: “Tomatin’s existing water treatment works was commissioned in the 1980s and is now coming towards the end of its operational life.

“The proposed new works are designed to ensure that Scottish Water can continue to provide clear, fresh drinking water to customers in Tomatin for many years to come.

“By building the water treatment works at Ross-shire Engineering’s factory, we will significantly reduce the construction time on site and the total amount of traffic involved with our project.”

Scottish Water Corporate Affairs Manager Gavin Steel added: “We are keen to inform the community about our planned investment in the future of Tomatin’s water supply and to work with residents to manage any impacts of our work during construction.

“We would encourage anyone with an interest in our plans to come along on Wednesday to find out more.”

The event is open to all and will take place at the Strathdearn Millennium Hall from 4pm until 7pm on Wednesday, February 27.



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