A much smaller scheme will replace plans for major improvements for the water network
in north Harris.
Proposals for a new £7 million pipeline to run from Tarbert and Hushinish have been
Four water treatment works were due to be replaced.
Instead, Scottish Water will upgrade its treatment plant at Govig and lay a three
mile long pipeline to Husinish, where the existing treatment works will no longer
A new balancing tank will be provided at Miabhaig and further water treatment works
at Cliasmol will be retained.
The reduced works will cost around £2.5 million.
The utility firm axed the longer mains pipeline improvements due to a “significant
increase” in price.
Scottish Water said it jumped the gun by announcing the proposals for a larger scheme
before properly assessing the cost-effectiveness of the small Husinish works.
Scottish Water Director of Capital Investment Mark Dickson said: “We recognise that
the proposal for North Harris is a reduced level of investment compared with the
longer water main from Tarbert that was previously proposed.
“However, we believe that the new scheme can meet the current and future needs of
our customers by making use of the existing good quality water resources in the area.
“There is significant capacity to accommodate planned development and new connections
from properties currently served by private water supplies.”
Major Harris water pipeline cancelled in favour of smaller scheme