Locals urged to respect our reservoirs this summer

People visiting Scotland’s reservoirs this summer are being urged to behave responsibly and protect these popular beauty spots.

Scottish Water has issued the appeal ahead of the summer holidays – when more people are expected to visit reservoirs.

In recent years, anti-social behaviour has been an issue at some of the corporation’s 300 reservoirs, including: fires being lit and left unattended; littering; damage to trees; human waste being left behind and inconsiderate and dangerous parking.

Chief Operating Officer at Scottish Water, Peter Farrer, called on people to enjoy these scenic outdoor locations without spoiling other people’s enjoyment of them.

Mr Farrer said: “We ask people to act responsibly and respect our reservoirs – enjoy the setting but leave no trace behind.

They can do this by planning and preparing for their visit. They should consider other people and services including ensuring cars are parked safely and do not obstruct either our working vehicles or the emergency services.”

Scottish Water is also urging people to stay safe as there are many hidden dangers in reservoirs, which are working assets. Unique risks are presented from the underwater infrastructure of reservoirs and cold water temperatures can cause shock, which can result in someone getting into difficulty.

To play our part in respecting reservoirs we are being advised to take litter home, don't cut down or damage trees, use a stove rather than lighting a fire (if an open fire must be lit keep it small and under control), remove all traces of your visit before leaving and go to the toilet away from water sources.

For more information, visit: https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/en/help%20and%20resources/outdoor%20access%20code