A £1 MILLION project to rehabilitate more than 13 miles of water pipes in and around Rothesay is due to get under way later this month.
The Scottish Water scheme follows completion soon of a 6.2m upgrade to the Loch Ascog water treatment works, which supplies more than 3,500 people in the Rothesay area, and will comprise work on pipes in Rothesay and around the coast to Port Bannatyne.
The rehabilitation work is due to begin on or about Monday, August 24 and is expected to last for approximately three months. It will result in a number of road closures in central Rothesay and Ardbeg.
Mr Stephen Griffen, Scottish Water's acting regional manager, said: "Scottish Water is delighted to be starting this important project in the Rothesay area.
"We are determined to ensure that all our customers, whether they live in urban areas or rural parts of the country and islands such as Bute, receive a first-class service 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we are sure that the people of the Rothesay area will appreciate this massive investment in our infrastructure there."
Scottish Water has confirmed that customers will be given at least 48 hours' notice of any disruption to the supply, while low pressure and some discolouration may also be experienced during the work.
The road closures, which are expected to last for about a week each depending on conditions, will begin at the start of the project in Stuart Street and Russell Street.
They will be followed by closures in Columshill Street and Columshill Place simultaneously; John Street; Stuart Street, King Street, Queen Street, Castlehill Street and Tower Street simultaneously; Watergate, West Princes Street and Store Lane simultaneously; and Wyndham Road.
Scottish Water has worked closely with Argyll and Bute Council and local councillors and met recently to agree on the programme of road closures and diversions and gather information about sensitive customers, bus routes and other issues.
Mr Graham Wood, the project manager, said: "We will make every effort to complete this important project as quickly and efficiently as possible and to minimise disruption to customers and road users. We appreciate their patience and understanding while we carry out the work."
A 1.2m improvement project at the Dhu Loch water treatment works, which serves three thousand customers in all parts of the island apart from Rothesay, is also nearing completion.
This project will ensure that the Dhu Loch works, which also serves customers in the Colintraive and Glendaruel areas on the mainland via a sub-sea pipe across the Kyles of Bute, continues to meet water quality standards and provide clearer, fresher drinking water.
Customers with any questions about Scottish Water or this work can contact our customer helpline on 0845 6018855.