The company said that it would spend £2.1 million to create a public sewer system at Dervaig in the north of the island and that this will mean that untreated sewage will no longer be discharged into Loch A’Chumhainn.

What’s more, the firm said that it expects to open a new £6.7 million waste water treatment works near Tobermory in November.

“This will bring benefits to the many people who visit this lovely island and enjoy the environment. When we finish this work the water in the loch will be much cleaner and this will be of obvious benefit to local people, tourists and wildlife,” explained Steven Fraser, Scottish Water’s regional manager.

“We have also taken great care to ensure that the facilities we are building blend in with the local area and the wastewater treatment works will look less like a sewage works and more like a small field of reeds. It will blend in very well with the local environment.”

Scottish Water said that it was carrying out the work to meet requirements set out under the European Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.

James Cooper

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