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Community / ‘Significant’ water project to get underway in South Mainland soon

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A £1.6 million project to renew around 9km of water mains in the South Mainland of Shetland will get underway next week.

Work to replace the existing pipeline between Bigton and Maywick will start on Monday (6 December) at Geosetter, moving north towards Bigton, Ireland and Maywick as the project progresses.

Scottish Water says there will be some traffic management measures in place during the work as well as temporary water shut offs.

The project is expected to take approximately a year to complete and is being delivered by Scottish Water alliance partner Caledonia Water Alliance (CWA).

Scottish Water’s customer service team leader in Shetland Kevin Teale said: “This is a significant long-term investment which will allow us to provide an improved service to our customers in the area by reducing the chance of burst pipes on the network and ensuring we can continue to supply clear, fresh drinking water into the future.

“Our team on site will make every effort to keep any disruption caused by the project to a minimum, while we deliver this essential upgrade.”

Project manager Robin Black said: “To allow our team to work safely, some traffic management measures will be in place, including road closures and traffic lights. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

“There will also be some access and parking restrictions and our on-site team will speak to anyone impacted by these.

“During the work, we will need to turn off some customers’ water supply for a short period. When we do, we will send you further information at least 48 hours in advance, detailing the dates and times that your supply will be affected and what to do.

“We would like to apologise to local residents and road users for any inconvenience caused by this upgrade work and thank them in advance for their patience and understanding while it is completed.”