Information event as Lochgilphead sewer repairs begin

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Scottish Water has started a £700,000 project to repair the sewer network in the Kilmory area of Lochgilphead, and an information evening is planned for residents.

Following camera surveys of the existing sewer, Scottish Water’s alliance partner amey Black and Veatch (aBV) has identified areas that need to be completely replaced due to their poor condition.

In contrast with traditional excavation which will be necessary in some areas, some of the sewers in the residential estate can be upgraded by using a re-lining method of construction – significantly reducing the extent of excavations required.

Re-lining is a specialised technique which renews the existing sewer pipe with a new inner wall. This seals up any small cracks and prolongs the life of the sewer.

Scottish Water says this technique has been chosen as it avoids the need for widespread excavation in the road and greatly reduces disruption for the local community.

The work will take place throughout the residential estate just off Whitegates Road.

Ross Cumming, aBV project manager, said: ‘We recognise that our work will cause disruption and have pursued a range of options in order to reduce this to a minimum.

‘Our work will be phased at different locations. To carry out the work safely we will require the use of temporary traffic lights and some parking restrictions in some locations. Short diversion routes may be in place. Please follow all signs put in place.

‘It’s also worth mentioning that contractor vehicles from Environmental Techniques and ABH Contracts will be in the area during the works. Full pedestrian access will be maintained during the works.’

Ruaridh Macgregor of Scottish Water said: ‘We need to take care of our sewer network in Kilmory. This  investment will ensure it continues to serve customers and protect the local environment for many years to come.

‘We are committed to working closely with our alliance partner and with the community to reduce the inconvenience caused by this essential work as much as possible.’

Residents are invited to a public information event to find out more about the project. This will take place at Lochgilphead Community Education Centre on Thursday May 17 between 4pm and 7pm.