New Water Treatment Works set for journey to Invermoriston
Issued by Scottish Water
A new state of the art Water Treatment Works (WTW) is set to make the journey to its long term home on the banks of Loch Ness at Invermoriston.
The new WTW has already been assembled and pre-commissioned by Ross-shire Engineering at its specialised facility in Muir of Ord. The innovative modular approach to construction being used was developed by the Highland firm via a long term partnership with Scottish Water.
Now 16 transportable modules will make the 41 mile journey from Muir of Ord to the new WTW site, located in forestry above the A82 just south of Invermoriston. Convoys will be spread over the coming 3 weeks, starting from Monday 13 January, and timed to avoid the busiest times on the transport network as far as possible. Each convoy will have a police escort and will make the journey via the A832, the A9 and the A82.
The new WTW is the central element of a £21 million investment by Scottish Water, with its alliance partner Efficient Service Delivery (ESD), which will provide a single, improved water supply from Loch Ness to around 1250 customers in Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston. The project will also help to meet the needs of the area’s world-renowned tourism sector, which sees significant seasonal increases in demand for water.
Commenting ahead of the deliveries, ESD Project Manager Kelton Bennett said:
“The delivery of the new Water Treatment Works represents an important milestone in our work to provide a single, improved water supply to meet the needs of communities in the heart of the Great Glen.
“The deliveries have been carefully planned by Ross-shire Engineering and their specialised haulier, in consultation with the police who will provide an escort to each convoy.
“The escort team will seek to keep any short delays for other road users to a minimum and enable the delivery vehicles to enter the site from the A82 safely. We are grateful for the patience and understanding of local residents and other road users while we complete this crucial stage in the project’s delivery.”
Good progress is also being made with the other elements of the project, which is expected to be complete before the end of the year.