Local News for Thursday 21st June 2018
Water shortage plea
Scottish Water is asking customers in the greater Stornoway area to use their water wisely. Prolonged dry weather has caused lower than normal water levels in Loch Mor an Stairr, which supplies Stornoway Water Treatment Works (WTW). The works supplies drinking water to the whole of Stornoway and Point and to Broadbay as far as Coll. Water from nearby Loch Scarabhat Mhor is being used to boost the available supply, but Scottish Water is asking customers to take simple water efficiency measures to help maintain continued supplies to homes and businesses. Steps you can take include turning off the tap when brushing teeth and shaving, taking a shorter shower and using a bucket of water instead of a hose to wash your car. Businesses are also being asked to cut their water use. Peter Farrer, Scottish Water’s chief operating officer, said: “We are encouraging everyone to take simple steps to use water wisely. By doing so, we can significantly reduce water usage which ensures that we continue to provide clear, fresh water to customers in the area.” Scottish Water has put together a free water saving pack which has some gadgets, such as tap aerators and shower timers, to save water in the kitchen, bathroom and garden.
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Local News for Wednesday 20th June 2018
Iron Age House re-turfed
The Iron Age House roof at Bosta has been completely re-roofed, in one marathon six-hour session, thanks to local volunteers. As a reconstruction of one of the original Iron Age Houses found at Bosta, the house is also an experimental archaeological site. Because there was no evidence of what the roof was made of, different roofing techniques have been tried, first thatch and now turf. Five years ago a layer of turf dug from the surrounding area and the common grazing was laid. This proved insufficient for the job and by this spring was mostly gone, due to weather and rabbit damage. Having tried to find suitable turf in the area, Bernera Historical Society decided to import turf from the mainland and lay it over the roof area. This time three to four layers have been applied across the whole area which is hoped will knit together and provide a deeper and longer lasting surface. There was some turf left over and this was laid in the Bosta Cemetery to cover some of the bare patches, while excess compost was given to the Community polytunnels.
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