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Water improves in whisky county
Scottish Water aims to improve the quality of drinking water
Scottish Water are to invest 22m in Moray in a bid to improve the quality of drinking water in Scotland's malt whisky county.

The move is part of a 2.4b investment programme for Scotland - the second biggest in the UK and the largest ever in Scotland.

Several water treatment works in Moray will benefit from the funding over the next few years.

A number of environmental and flooding projects have also been identified.

Public health'

Ian Burnett, Scottish Water's manager for Moray, said that by earmarking the money and keeping household charges "steady", the company was demonstrating its commitment to its customers.

He added: "Moray is renowned as home to most of Scotland's distilleries. Scottish Water is determined to ensure that the area can be just as proud of its fresh drinking water supplies.

"Our investment will keep pace with the latest public health standards and satisfy the demand for new housing in the area.

"We want our customers to enjoy the look and taste of their water. This investment will ensure that they have a water supply fit for the 21st century."

News of the investment has been welcomed by whisky businesses in the area.

The funding in Moray will go towards improving several water treatment works in the area as well as helping to alleviate flooding in certain parts of Forres, Portknockie and Elgin.

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