Scottish Water begins £3.4m waste water infrastructure investment in Tarbert

A £3.4 million investment project to help reduce the risk of sewer flooding begins today in Tarbert, Argyll and Bute.

Scottish Water begins £3.4m waste water infrastructure investment in Tarbert

The improvement work will help tackle the issue of sewer flooding by increasing the capacity of the local sewer network. It will involve the upsizing of almost 350 metres of sewer pipe, with large diameter sewers being installed along Barmore Road, Harbour Street, and on a short section of School Road.

The upgrades will also help prevent items which are wrongly flushed down the toilet, such as wet wipes, from ending up in the sea during severe storm events.

Scottish Water begins £3.4m waste water infrastructure investment in Tarbert

The project is being delivered by Scottish Water’s alliance partner amey Black and Veatch (aBV).

Speaking about the need for this project, Paul Milligan, communications manager with aBV, said: “There are three issues going on in this area; we have the tidal surge; we’ve also got surface run-off from the steep hill; and, the hydraulic capacity of the sewer network is currently not fit for purpose. This means that when the area experiences storm events and there’s a tidal surge, waste water starts to back-up and causes flooding in homes and local businesses. By increasing the sewer capacity we can help reduce this flood risk.”

A film about the project, featuring interviews with local businesses

Ruaridh MacGregor, Scottish Water’s corporate affairs manager for the west area, said: “We know that sewer flooding can cause a great deal of distress for people and so it’s fantastic that this work to tackle the issue is now getting under way. The work will benefit a number of residents and businesses in the Barmore Road and Harbour Street areas affected by sewer flooding in previous years.

“Inevitably, there will be some traffic disruption while this work is being delivered. However, we’d like to reassure the local community that we have done and will continue to do all we can to help minimise any disruption where possible. Tarbert is a vibrant, bustling town and we will work together with the community to ensure it stays that way while our improvements are carried out.”

Councillor Anne Horn is delighted to see this project come to fruition. She said: “I am pleased that the work to improve the sewage system in Tarbert is about to commence. This will bring reassurance to the businesses and families that have in the past been affected by sewage flooding. I look forward to this project progressing and the benefit it will bring to the village.”

The improvement work will be carried out in phases to help minimise any local disruption. Local residents and road users are thanked in advance for their patience and understanding during these essential works.

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