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Emergency repairs on a fresh water pipe between Seilebost and Luskentyre are to start later this week, Scottish Water has said today (Tuesday 28 May).

The fresh water supply from Geocrab passes under Luskentyre sands on the way to the township, and a leak in the main has been detected.

Contractors Calmax will start work at the location later this week, expecting to be at work for approximately four weeks. 

The urgent repair involves laying a new pipe under the sands, which also means the work must be done with respect to the condition of the tides.

Nevertheless, say Scottish Water, the new main will be completed before the highest demand summer period, and fresh water will continue to flow throughout. 

Project manager Andy Barnett said: “Alongside our local contracting partner Calmax, we are working as quickly and safely as possible to deliver the repairs that are needed.

“We recognise that the work we are doing is disruptive and would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

The map shows the fresh water network in the area highlighted in purple, with the line taken by the water pipe across the sands shown (Scottish Water/Google Maps).