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Replacement of water treatment plants plus a new mains pipe line between Tarbert and Hushinish is now in doubt.


The consequences of not improving the current water supply in the area will curtail plans for building new homes and tourism developments.


Soaring costs forced the upgrades to be cancelled said the water firm.


The utility firm met with North Harris Trust along with MP Angus MacNeil and Alasdair Allan MSP as well as representatives of the wider community.


Angus MacNeil said: “A frank, fair and respectful exchange of views with some clearly obvious frustrations were vented during this meeting.”


He said the meeting was “quite constructive” as Scottish Water stated possibilities for the water pipeline will be laid out in a report expected to be completed by the end of May.


Issues over the inadequate water supply were raised including public health  concerns, stifling new development and its impact on accelerating depopulation.


The MP added: “I hope to give assistance to Scottish Water politically as they are publically owned by the Scottish Government, so that there is understanding of the need for this pipeline and that the decision making parameters are used in such a way that will enable Scottish Water to bring about a solution.


“It may be that the solution will be a two-staged solution but we really do need to see progress on this before people can make an informed decision.


“One thing is certain, the campaign for a water pipeline will not end until there is indeed a proper water supply in the area.


I am hopeful that Scottish Water will continue to work to find a solution that will address the needs of the community and realise expectations.”


Scottish Water pressed to find a solution for Harris upgrade

21 April 2017

Scottish Water have attended a meeting with community representatives following its last minute decision to halt a major water mains upgrade in North Harris