Rain sees water supplies ‘improving’

The Balmichael water treatment works on Arran.

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The recent intermittent rain has led to an improvement in Arran’s water supplies, despite scaremongering in a daily newspaper earlier this week which claimed the island was under ‘severe pressure’ to maintain supplies.

However, there has been nothing like the amount needed to replenish the reservoirs which have been drying up for weeks, leading to Scottish Water to continue to urge customers to use water wisely.

Private supplies in more rural parts of the island are also still very low. Emergency water supplies were being brought by tankers from the mainland and that water has been moved around the island, however these have stopped as they are no longer considered necessary.


The recent very dry conditions, combined with significantly increased water usage levelsm had prompted Scottish Water to ask customers served by the Balmichael, Corrie Membrane and Lochranza Treatment Works to take important water efficiency measures to help to ensure continued supply to homes and businesses.

A Scottish Water spokeswoman said: ‘The situation on Arran has improved and we’re no longer tankering supplies to the island. We are continuing to closely monitor water levels across the country and managing our network to ensure there is no impact on customers’ supplies.

‘We’d like to thank customers for following advice to use water wisely by doing things like using a watering can rather than a hose to water plants or wash the car and we’re pleased to report that this is helping.  We’d urge everyone to use water wisely.’

Water saving advice can be found on the website at www.scottishwater.co.uk/savewater or you can call the Scottish Water customer helpline on 0800 0778 778.


The Balmichael water treatment plant near Shiskine. NO_B29water01