Scottish Water is progressing with a £21m project to build a new water treatment works which will ensure more than 12,000 customers in the Oban area continue to enjoy clear, fresh drinking water for years to come.
We have just started the construction of the new Tullich Water Treatment Works (WTW), just south of Oban, with a view to having it fully operational by the autumn of 2017.
The existing WTW serves more than 12,000 customers in the Oban area and demand increases in the summer months when the area’s population can more than double due to the number of tourists.
The new WTW will ensure that the water supply continues to meet stringent quality standards and will support development in Oban.
Work started on-site in mid-March and, with bulk earthworks now substantially completed, construction work will begin in the coming weeks. The project is being carried out for Scottish Water by our delivery partner Efficient Service Delivery (ESD).
Ruaridh MacGregor, Scottish Water’s Regional Community Manager for the area, said: “We are pleased to be making good progress with this important project for the Oban area, which will benefit residents and visitors for many years to come and enable growth and development in the future.
“We are on schedule with the first phase of the work and will be starting construction shortly.”
The existing WTW is located just outside Oban on the A816 and has been in operation since 1976. The location of the new facility will be on land adjacent to the existing WTW. Once the new facility is fully operational, the existing WTW will be demolished.
The new WTW will incorporate three major levels of water treatment, including dissolved air flotation (DAF), rapid gravity filtration and secondary filtration, meeting the most rigorous standards set out by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR).
-Source Scottish Water-