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News in Forres: Scottish Water acts to counter Mosset Burn pollution


By Alistair Whitfield

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The pollution emanating from the pipe at the top of the Sanquhar Road fish ladder.
The pollution emanating from the pipe at the top of the Sanquhar Road fish ladder.

Scottish Water has acted to prevent sewage water from seeping into the Mosset Burn by Sanquhar Road.

The utility company states that stones and debris within the sewer beneath Woodside Drive had resulted in an overflow to the rainwater system.

A spokesperson said: "The sewer is very deep at the location of the issue – around 7.5 metres below ground level – so removing the obstruction was challenging.

"In the short term, our contractor put a measure in place to divert the flows back into the sewer system – and then revisited last Monday to put a slightly longer term temporary measure in place.

"They were back on site on Thursday and succeeded in removing the debris and restoring the sewer to normal operation without excavation, which would have been very disruptive because of the depth."

Scottish Water states that the recent problem with pollution in the Mosset Burn was not related to another reported in 2020

This was traced to a cross-connection where a washing machine had been connected incorrectly to the rainwater system.

The spokesperson added: "We would encourage members of the public to report any potential pollution incidents via our 24-hour online form at www.sepa.org.uk/report."



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