• Householders and businesses in the Loch Ness-side tourist hotspot of Drumnadrochit are being invited to view details of a £500,000 package of improvements by Scottish Water
Aug. 28, 2009 -- Work is due to start mid-September to replace various sections of old water mains and install hydrants to enable the system to be flushed clear to remove a build up of natural sediment. The work is expected to take up to four months. Members of the public can drop in to view the plans and discuss them with members of the project team at a special information event in Drumnadrochit.
The event will take place in the Glen Urquhart Public Hall (also known as the Blairbeg Hall) on Wednesday 2 September between 3pm and 7pm.
Work Scheduled To Avoid Peak Tourist Season
Scott Fraser of Scottish Water's Project Communications Team said: "We've scheduled the work to avoid the peak tourist months which are extremely important to the economy in the area. To do the work safely we will need traffic management, including on the A82, but we'll do our best to keep disruption to a minimum. We hope people will understand as the end result will be a reliable drinking water supply for the community."
The sediment within the water mains network is due to the old sources that were used for the Drumnadrochit supply. These days drinking water of a far higher standard comes from the modern filtration plant in Glen Convinth. Previously supplies came from the River Coilte and Loch Nam Bat, which often ran low in summer and became stirred up during bad weather, leading to discolouration and a build up of peaty particles.
Investing in the Inverness Area
The Drumnadrochit project is part of Scottish Water's 2010 Vision for the Highlands