BY MICHAEL RUSSELL
Scottish Water have denied that Shieldaig Community Council have requested information on the levels of chlorine being used in a new water treatment works.
Built last year, the new plant was designed to eliminate the presence of carcinogenic chemicals caused by the reaction of water-borne peat with chlorine, which is used as a disinfectant.
However, community council chairman Richard Munday said local residents had recently been complaining about the taste and smell of the water.
“We thought the new filtration plant meant they no longer needed to use so much chlorine,” he said. “So we asked can we see the date on the chlorine levels and can we have a chat with you. But we got absolutely nowhere.
“If they do have to use higher levels of chlorine for whatever reason then we might accept that. What we need though is to have a conversation with Scottish Water to find that out.”
Local MSPs have been approached to petition Scottish Water for answers, Mr Munday said.
But a spokeswoman for the utility said “no contact and no approach” had been forthcoming from the local community.
She added: “We are drawing a blank here. Our regional community manager Joanna Peebles has not been approached by anyone from Shieldaig. It is not unheard of for communities to request information on chlorine levels and we do provide that information, but there has been absolutely no request from Shieldaig for this.”