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Search for mountain water sources
Scottish Water is planning for a sustainable water supply
Scottish Water is to invest 15m to provide new drinking water sources for people in an area of the Cairngorms.

The money will be spent investigating and constructing a modern facility to cater for Strathspey, where communities are growing rapidly.

The company has pledged that it will ensure that drawing more water from the area's renowned and sensitive environment will have minimal impact.

Alternative supplies will include boreholes and river extraction.

Scottish Water said the current source, Loch Einich, was "not sustainable for future needs" of the Strathspey area.

Blackpark water treatment works near Aviemore, which draws water from Loch Einich, produces about six million litres a day.

This supplies more than 10,000 customers throughout Strathspey and parts of Badenoch, from Grantown-on-Spey in the north, to Newtonmore in the south.

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