Solution for North Uist water worries

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Water worries in North Uist could be solved by an extension to the new Lochmaddy plant.

Scottish Water have just completed works costing £700,000 at the Bayhead water treatment works but say they are working on a long term solution.

In October last year elevated levels of aluminium were detected in the water supplies and residents were warned not to drink from the tap for over a week.

Since then Scottish Water have been working on site at Bayhead to improve the performance of the plant when the raw ater is of poor quality.

A spokesperson for Scottish Water said they had recently held two open events on the island to give residents further information.

He said: “We have recently completed an investment of over £700,000 to improve the Bayhead water treatment works (WTW). This investment centred around us adding a new filter to the works which enhances the WTW’s performance in periods of poor raw water quality. This investment highlights our commitment to reduce the likelihood of future problems with water quality from the Bayhead WTW for our customers.”

Continuing he said: “In addition, the longer term solution for Bayhead is also being considered and the option to extend the proposed new Lochmaddy plant to supply the current Bayhead zone is being investigated. Central to the options we are considering is delivering the best long term solution for our customers.

 “We want our customers on North Uist to enjoy the taste and appearance of their water and we have worked very hard to improve the water quality. Any customers who want further information should call our customer helpline on 0845 601 8855.”