Scottish Water is using tankers to deliver water from Benbecula to South Uist, as the organisation works to resolve a problem at its treatment plant at Stoneybridge.
Large parts of South Uist experienced either a significant loss of pressure or total loss of service last night (17th March 2015).
Scottish Water says the issue relates to the raw water flow into the Stoneybridge Water Treatment Works. It will use a tanker based locally – along with another expected shortly from the mainland – to top up tanks in South Uist with water from the Benbecula Water Treatment Works.
A Scottish Water spokesperson explained: “We are experiencing an issue with the Stoneybridge Water Treatment Works in South Uist.
“An issue with the raw water flow into the Water Treatment Works means there is less treated water entering the water network than normal. This will result in low pressure and/or loss of supply for some customers on the island.
“The areas most likely to be affected at present are North Glendale, South Lochboisdale, East Kilbride, Garrynamonie, Smerclate, South Boisdale, South Glendale, Trosairidh and West Kilbride.
“A tanker based on the island is bringing supplies from Benbecula to replenish tanks serving South Uist. One more tanker is coming over from the mainland today to assist with this process.
“We apologise for any inconvenience to local residents and business and we want to assure the people of South Uist that we are doing everything possible to restore normal supplies as quickly as we can.”