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Scottish Water clean up coastland

July 19, 2007 at 3:53 pm

A £1.6 million waste water treatment system has been installed in Innellan in Western Scotland, ending discharges of raw sewage along the picturesque coastline. Scottish Water said the completion of the project would benefit locals and visitors alike.

Waste water from over 1,000 households had previously been pumped out of 12 points along the shore directly into the sea. It will now receive treatment in three underground tanks before being discharged into deep waters in the Firth of Clyde via long outfall pipes. The areas around the tanks have been landscaped with footpaths and benches.

Innellan residents originally expressed concerns about locating the water treatment facility close to homes. Scottish Water was criticized by Jim Mather, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, for failures in its consultation process.

So when investment started in 2005, Scottish Water were keen to work closely with the community to ensure minimal inconvenience during the work. Contractors Bi-Water Leslie organised a safety workshop for local children and helped raised funds for Cowal Hospice.

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