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Scotland: Village gets mobile drinking water treatment unit

The mobile treatment plant was transported and installed. Picture: Scottish Water

Scottish Water installed a new Transportable Water Treatment Unit (TTU) for drinking water in Lochaline in the Morvern peninsula. The advantage of a mobile water treatment unit is that there is no disruption of the local community.

The project costed 4.5 million pounds and it involved the design, build and installation. The TTU is now fully operational. The work was carried out on Scottish Water’s behalf by alliance partner ESD and contractor Ross-shire Engineering.

Planning
The TTU was designed and assembled at Ross-shire Engineering’s base in Muir of Ord before undergoing comprehensive testing. It was then divided into modules and carefully transported 118 miles. The work started on site early this year and construction was completed before the summer, so a very quick turnaround was achieved. A new pipeline was also installed through the nearby forest to provide the new treatment works with raw water.

Local innovation
The project is a great example of Scottish Water, ESD and Ross-shire Engineering working together to deliver a positive result for our customers. The innovative engineering that went into the solution for Lochaline was carried out in the Highlands for the Highlands, reflecting the growing capacity that exists in the local supply chain.