A £3.4 million Scottish Water project to provide improved drinking water storage facilities for Nairn and Auldearn has been completed.
The work, which took around 16 months, has seen two ageing water storage tanks at Urchany and Raitloan replaced by a modern twin cell water tank situated at Urchany. The new storage tank is now in use, supplying around 12,000 customers with water.
The upgrade has also seen a new pressure valve installed on the pipeline serving Nairn, allowing greater control over water pressures and helping reduce leakage.
The work was carried on by Scottish Water’s contact partner ESD.
Contractor Kevin Williamson, of ESD, said: “This work means that the drinking water storage facilities for the largest communities in Nairnshire have been greatly enhanced through the installation of the new modern twin cell service reservoir.
“We are now able to ensure consistency of supply for these areas well into the future.”
Gavin Steel, of Scottish Water, said: “This investment will help us continue to supply clear, fresh, great-tasting water to our customers in Nairn and Auldearn for years to come, while also giving improved resilience in case of any disruption to the wider water network. ”
The disused water tower at Raitloan and the redundant tank at Urchany, both of which are no longer needed, will be demolished in the coming months before final reinstatement of the area takes place.