Residents in Huisinis and Gobhaig invited to learn more of proposed water project

Scottish Water is inviting Harris residents to attend an information event about proposals to improve the security of the water supply for customers in the Huisinis and Gobhaig area.

The £3.6 million (US$4.64 million) project involves replacing the two existing small Water Treatment Works (WTW) serving the area with a new treatment works and water storage tank built on the Huisinis road, west of the Gobhaig road junction.

The proposals also include laying 3.7 miles (5.9 kilometres) of new pipeline to connect the water tank to the existing distribution networks in both communities, as well as provide a new intake structure on the existing loch.

Two drop-in events will be held on Tuesday, 4 September, for local residents to find out more and to talk to the project team. The first will take place at Huisinis Gateway between, with the second being held at the North Harris Trust Office in Tarbert.

“We will shortly be submitting a planning application to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for the proposed new Water Treatment Works and the associated infrastructure, so this is a good opportunity for people to come along and find out more about the plans, as well as have a chat with us about any questions they might have. The new WTW would be designed, built and tested at Ross-shire Engineering’s specialist plant in Muir of Ord, before being delivered to site, which has the benefit of reducing the amount of construction time and traffic required, minimising the impact of the work on local residents,” Project manager Calum Scott said. “We recognise that this scheme represents a change from an earlier proposal to build a water main from Tarbert to Huisinis. We believe the new scheme is the right option to meet the current and future needs of our customers; and represents a substantial investment that continues to make use of existing good quality water resources in the local area. Our proposed investment also includes some additional capacity to enable further connections in the future, for both planned development and properties currently served by private water supplies.”