Scottish Water are asking Easter weekend visitors to respect reservoirs during the holiday period as they are expected to attract higher than normal numbers of people keen to enjoy the outdoors as the ‘stay at home’ advice changes to ‘stay local’.

Scottish Water is supporting VisitScotland’s sustainable tourism campaign and is asking reservoir visitors to respect, protect and enjoy these beauty spots particularly as many reservoirs, which can be popular with local visitors, have very limited car parking and amenities.

Anti-social behaviour was reported last summer at a number of reservoirs in Scotland and incidents of vandalism to property included littering, tents discarded and vehicles parked inconsiderately and dangerously.

Cumnock Chronicle: Afton dam reservoir. Photo credit: Isobel ShawAfton dam reservoir. Photo credit: Isobel Shaw

The call includes a reminder that visitor safety is a key factor as reservoirs are part of Scottish Water’s supply network and can present unique dangers from underwater infrastructure and cold water.

Peter Farrer, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Water, 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 no obstruct either our working vehicles or the emergency services.

“We are also urging people to stay safe. There are many hidden dangers in reservoirs which are working assets.”