Northern Scotland water to receive major investment package

Nearly £425 million will be spent on improving the public water system and cleaning up the coastal environment throughout northern Scotland and the isles over the next three years.

The package of improvements is contained in the North of Scotland Water Authority’s three year investment plan. The plan, made up of nearly 250 improvement schemes – many worth millions of pounds – was approved by the Authority’s Board at its March meeting.

The money will be used mainly to target areas where drinking water quality is below standard and to fund a large programme of investment in wastewater treatment to achieve higher environmental standards.

“This investment programme represents roughly £386 for every person in the Authority’s area,” said Colin Rennie, the Authority’s chairman. “Which is impressive when you consider that our customers will, from April, pay an average charge of around 50p a household a day for an unlimited supply of water and to have wastewater removed.”

In drawing up the investment priorities, North of Scotland Water Authority took into account feedback from customers, public and community representatives about local needs at the same time as taking into account any legal requirements, particularly on drinking water quality and wastewater treatment standards.

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