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Islanders urged to help shape the future of water services

A nationwide consultation on the future of Scottish Water’s service and spending priorities over the next 25 years is coming to Orkney next week.

The utility is inviting views from islanders on its proposals and ambitions for the coming decades.

A team from Scottish Water will be at the Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall, from 1pm to 4.30pm on Wednesday, July 11.

A publication will set out Scottish Water’s plans to deliver high-quality drinking water, manage and treat waste water, reduce rainwater entering sewers and protect the environment.

An online version of the consultation is also available at www.yourwater.scot until August for anyone not able to attend the roadshow events.

Scottish Water’s chief operating officer Peter Farrer said: “The islands are special places with distinctive needs and challenges so we want to make sure their voice is heard.  Thousands of customers from all over Scotland have already helped us by engaging with the issues and giving us their views.

“To keep delivering a world-class water service, we must take a long-term view. It is essential that we seek to understand the likely future challenges and opportunities, making the right choices to support the needs of current and future customers.

“I would encourage any of our customers in Orkney and Shetland to come along on July 11 and 12 to let us know their views. Anyone who can’t attend our roadshows can still take part online until August 31.”