Project tackles rural private water supply issues

21 September 2015

Knoydart is one of the four communities involved in the project

Knoydart is one of the four communities involved in the project

A GCU team is about to embark on a project in four rural Scottish communities in a bid to improve the quality of their private water supply.

The team, led by community engagement specialist Dr Paul Teedon, will train eight community researchers, who will engage directly with a range of community members, organisations and other stakeholders.

Locally recruited in the pilot areas of Knoydart, Strathconon, Cragganmore and Kirkmichael, the community researchers, in collaboration with the James Hutton Institute, will explore ways to encourage engagement around private water supply issues, identifying barriers to, and best practice of, effective water management.

Dr Teedon said: “Often in rural areas, drinking water sources may not provide resilience in dry periods, and are more costly than supplying urban areas. In addition, the quality of private water supplies is highly variable, which has associated health risks.”

The project, funded by the Scottish Government-backed Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), will run until summer 2016 with the intention that community researcher engagement continues beyond the life of the project.