Work complete on £3.4m Tarbert sewer flooding project

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SCOTTISH Water has completed work on its £3.4 million project to help reduce the risk of sewer flooding in Tarbert.

The work, which first commenced in August 2020, involved the installation of 350 metres of upsized sewer pipe and large diameter sewers.

The utility firm said that two existing Thomas Telford dry stone culvert crossings had to be negotiated during the works, with beams being constructed over them to support the traffic while protecting their structural integrity.

Further to reducing the risk of sewer flooding, the firm said that the works will also now help prevent items that are wrongly flushed down the toilet – such as wipes – from ending up in the sea during severe storm events.

Georgina Reid, Scottish Water’s corporate affairs manager for the west, said, “There were a few issues which had historically contributed to the flooding in this area. The tidal surge, surface water running down the steep hill, and insufficient existing hydraulic capacity on the sewer network, meant that action had to be taken.

“Any sewer flooding causes a great deal of distress for communities, and so it really is great that the increased capacity of the sewer network here will now help reduce that risk.”

Argyll and Bute councillor, Anne Horn, added, “The work in Tarbert was carried out professionally, efficiently and, when required, compassionately. We are grateful to all the teams who carried out this major work. They kept us updated and made every effort to keep disruption to a minimum where possible. Thanks again to everyone involved.”