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New phase of Drumnadrochit water network upgrade set to begin next week as Scottish Water set to start the second and final phase of the major project

By Ian Duncan

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The site in Drumnadrochit.
The site in Drumnadrochit.

Scottish Water is set to begin work next week on the second and final phase of an upgrade to the spine of Drumnadrochit’s drinking water network.

The investment is needed to support the village’s growth and ensure its water network can continue to serve customers well for years to come.

A first phase of work was delivered on the A831 near Kilmichael last year.

The remaining work that is now beginning will see a further 710 metres of upgraded water main installed from the A831 and along the A82 to Druimlon.

Temporary traffic lights will be used to allow work in the road to take place safely.

During an initial phase of work over the coming weeks, two teams will work simultaneously on the A831 and on the A82 by Druimlon in order to maximise progress during the quieter winter months. A single team will then complete the central section of work.

The work is expected to take around six months to complete, including a planned break in the programme in order to minimise disruption to the village over the Easter holiday period.

The project as a whole is being delivered on Scottish Water’s behalf by Mackenzie Construction.

Project manager Brian James said: “The investment we’re making in Drumnadrochit’s drinking water network is essential to ensure that we can continue to serve customers well for many years to come.

“We recognise that the work involves use of temporary traffic lights, following on from a period when there has been other significant construction activity taking place in the village. Our team on site will do all they can to keep disruption for residents, businesses and other road-users to a minimum, while completing their work safely.

“The delivery of this crucial phase of our project has been planned to enable as much progress as possible before Easter, when work will stop over the holiday period in order to minimise impact on the A82 and local businesses over this important, busier period. We are very grateful for the community’s patience and support while we make the investment that is needed for the village’s future.”

Planned interruption to water supplies in the affected area of the village will be needed once sections of upgraded water main have been installed, to allow connections for homes and businesses to be transferred. Customers will receive a notice at least 48 hours in advance to let them know the arrangements and provide advice.

• Further information and updates will be available from Scottish Water’s website.

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