Over recent years, huge amounts of money have been spent upgrading to modern standards the water supply for Kilchoan, Ormsaigbeg and Ormsaigmore - there is talk of it costing in excess of £3 million. We have new, plastic pipes, and a very modern water plant, including two large storage cylinders (top left in the picture), on the Abhainn Chro Bheinn to the northeast of the settlement. The water doesn't come out of the pipes the warm, brown colour it used to, so having a bath looked as if one was liable to drown in whisky, and it doesn't make good tea, but it's very up-to-date. The trouble with up-to-date water supplies is that they run on electricity rather than the gravity which ran the old one.
So, this morning, following Thursday's storm and power outage, we woke up to find we had no water in the taps. The story appears to be that the automatic alarm went off at midnight, and the engineer who came out couldn't reset the system, so he had to call for help. The water board was very good, sending out tankers and plenty of bottled water, and the supply was on by mid-morning, so no-one seems to have suffered from the inconvenience, but one does wonder whether 'modern' is always 'good'.