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Scottish Water set to start £7m project in Shetland

  • Scottish Water set to start £7m project in Shetland
  • Scottish Water, with its Alliance Partner Caledonia Water Alliance (CWA), is set to start work on a £7 million project to take care of the water network serving around 6,000 customers in the north, central and west Mainland, Shetland.

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Scottish Water
We are a publicly owned company, answerable to the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland. It's our job to provide 1.34 billion litres of drinking water every day and take away 847 million litres of waste water daily.

In total, over 9 kilometres of strategic water main are set to be renewed between Eela Water Water Treatment Works and Sullom Voe Oil Terminal.  Over 7 kilometres of new water main will be laid north of Brae, from Voxter to Sullom Voe Oil Terminal.  A further 2 kilometres of water main will also be replaced in targeted sections between Eela Water Water Treatment Works and Mavis Grind.  

Works are due to commence on Monday 14 January, initially on the sections of work along the A970 in Northmavine.  The work is expected to be complete early in 2020.

Scottish Water’s Customer Service Team Leader for Shetland Jim Anderson said: “The work taking place will improve the resilience and reliability of water supply for around 6,000 customers across the north, central and west Mainland, so that they can continue to enjoy clear, fresh drinking water.  

“The investment we are making will increase the resilience of the trunk main from Eela Water Water Treatment Works and ensure it continues to serve local communities well for years to come.  We recognise that it will involve some short term disruption and appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding while this essential work takes place.”

CWA Project Manager James Kerr added: “Our team is very grateful for the engagement we’ve had with local landowners and crofters over the past year as we’ve been preparing for work to begin on site.

“We will continue to work closely with them – as well as with Shetland Islands Council and other local stakeholders – to ensure our team can carry out their work safely and to a high standard, while keeping any disruption to a minimum.  If customers do experience any issues or have any concerns, we would encourage them to get in touch so that we can seek to resolve them.”

Postcards have been sent to customers who may be affected by the work while it is underway with information and contact details.  Where a planned interruption in water supply is needed as part of the work, notice will be provided to customers who may be affected at least 48 hours in advance, detailing the dates and times when interruptions may occur and providing advice on what to do.

Further information and a map showing the location of the work are available at

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