Morrison on a 100-mile trek as water works get under way

ONE hundred miles of pipework will be upgraded as part of a scheme to improve drinking water quality for 20,000 homes in Aberdeen.
The £5.3m programme by Morrison Construction will involve internal re-lining and cleaning of pipes to improve the quality of water flowing to customers’ taps. The first part of the project is expected to get under way late this month in the Torry area and to last until the summer.
In another major project, contractors upgrading water mains in the Greenock area are about to move into the town centre. The £2.9m scheme will mean fresher drinking water for 65,000 people and involves upgrading more than 27 miles of water mains across Greenock and in Skelmorlie to tackle the problem of discoloured water.
Work is expected to be completed by September. The project began in October 2012 and the first phase has been completed. George Leslie Ltd is the contractor.
Meanwhile, work has been completed on a £2.8m replacement water treatment works to serve the country‘s most northerly inhabited island. Around 1,000 customers in Shetland are now receiving drinking water from a new facility on Unst which, because of its remote location, has around double the normal drinking water storage capacity of a typical treatment works.
To minimise time on site the process plant was pre assembled at the workshop of contractor Ross-shire Engineering in Muir of Ord, before being stripped down and shipped to Unst for re-assembly. Design had to take into account extremely high wind loadings as Unst has some of the highest recorded wind speeds recorded in the UK.
Shetland firm Tulloch Developments was also involved in the project as civil engineering sub-contractor.