SCOTTISH Water this week revealed the progress made with its 2010 Vision for Shetland, the £18million campaign of improvements throughout the isles.
Figures show that in the past year Scottish Water has invested £4.6million in Shetland as it upgrades drinking water supplies, makes environmental improvements and supports development.
Northern Isles regional manager Ian Burnett said: “Across Shetland we’re already seeing the benefits of our investment. Our vision is becoming reality as communities receive clearer, fresher drinking water, we assist the local authority and developers with sustainable economic growth and protect the superb natural environment.
“We are committed to delivering these major improvements, along with a first class service, while keeping charges low. During these challenging economic times Scottish Water’s investment remains on track.”
Shetland communities manager Steve Scott said: “During 2008 we worked with local communities in Shetland to explain the benefits of what we’re doing. Shetland is famed for its clean environment and hospitality, and our investment ensures that these assets are protected. We look forward to continuing to work with the communities of Shetland in 2009.”
Projects completed in 2008 included upgrades to the drinking water supply in Foula, Fair Isle and Unst and investments for the town’s waste water treatment works, including a new sludge holding facility.
Projects due to be completed this year include a refurbishment of the drinking water supply in Bigton ,including a new storage tank, and a £650,000 upgrade of the Brae community’s waste water treatment works.
In Bressay, consideration is being given to a sub-sea pipeline to connect the isle with the Mainland supply. The entire project, including new water mains at the north end of Lerwick and in Bressay, is likely to require an investment of around £800,000.