District News, March 5 2021

Scottish Water is investing £3.4 million in Tarbert's waste water infrastructure.
Major flood prevention work in Tarbert is expected to be complete by the autumn.

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Water works to be completed by autumn

Major flood prevention work in Tarbert is expected to be complete by the autumn of 2021, a report has revealed.

The upgrade to the village’s sewer network has made ‘significant progress’ in addressing long-standing issues, it has been claimed by Scottish Water’s new communities manager for the west region.

Georgie Reid also told councillors that the organisation was committed to working with the community and businesses while work remains ongoing.

The report was set to go before Argyll and Bute Council’s Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands area committee on Wednesday, March 3.

In her report, Ms Reid said: ‘The old water main in Harbour Street has been successfully removed and replaced. Progress was impacted due to high flows on the sewer network caused by heavy rainfall and high tides and our programme was revised to take this into account.

‘The next phase of the project started on Barmore Road (A83) on January 6, to carry out a watermain diversion and install a new sewer pipe.

‘We also provided reassurance to stakeholders that, following the restart of our essential capital programme after lockdown, Scottish Water and its alliance partners would be ensuring that all Scottish government Covid-19 guidance for the construction sector and the public is followed.

‘We have taken all appropriate safety measures and precautions to protect our customers and our teams. This includes measures to ensure safe working and safe distancing, safe working signage and welfare arrangements.

‘We are committed to working with the community and local businesses to minimise any potential impact, should work be required over the summer period.

‘We are currently hoping to have works completed by autumn 2021 although this could be impacted by weather and tidal flows.’

Ms Reid also gave an update on the £2.5 million investment on the Torra Water Treatment Works (WTW) project to improve water services on Islay, which she described as being well underway.

She said: ‘A state-of-the-art Transportable Treatment Unit (TTU) was delivered under police escort by land and sea in November, to its permanent home at Torra WTW.

‘It will boost supplies, providing an additional 70,000 litres of drinking water every day to around 1,900 customers in Bowmore and Port Ellen areas. It is part of an ongoing programme of works on the island.

‘Scottish Water thanked Argyll and Bute Council and communities for their collaboration and support.

‘Planning for a new pipe bridge has been approved to cross the River Torra north east of the treatment works. This will support a short section of the 2k new raw water main being installed north of Torra WTW.

‘The new TTU should be in operation from spring following the mains installation.

‘This project is part of an ongoing programme of works on the island to upgrade water pipes to ensure customers continue to enjoy clear, fresh drinking water, and reduce the chance of pipes bursting.’


Primary pupils congratulated on internet safety award

Pupils at Islay’s Port Ellen Primary School have been congratulated by two elected representatives after achieving a Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety (CR-IS) award.

The CR-IS programme was developed by Digital Schools Awards Scotland in partnership with Education Scotland and the Child Protection Unit and has the backing of major tech companies HP, Microsoft and Intel.

It is designed to provide education professionals with the resources and support required to help pupils safely navigate the digital world.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said: ‘It’s good to know that Port Ellen Primary School is engaging so successfully with this innovative scheme and I would like to offer my hearty congratulations to pupils on gaining this award.

‘Whether we like it or not, our children inhabit a digital world and we must do everything possible to keep them safe.’

Kintyre and the Islands councillor Alastair Redman, an Islay resident, added: ‘Living on an island affords no protection from potential harm on the internet and our children need to be taught how to navigate the web just as they need to be able to navigate across a busy road. Well done to everyone on achieving this award.’