SEPA defends sewage treatment changes at designated bathing water site

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) says there will be no deterioration in the condition of the water in Loch Gairloch as a result of changes to amend Scottish Water’s discharge licence

View of Gairloch village from the coast
Sewage treatment plant raises concerns over water quality

Construction of a new treatment system at a sewage plant in north-west Scotland will not damage the water quality in the loch for people and wildlife, according to SEPA.

Scottish Water applied for permission to change its discharge licence so it could build a new sewage treatment plant at Gairloch in Wester Ross. The existing wastewater treatment plant had been in operation since 2002, becoming unreliable to operate and maintain, the firm said.

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