Plea to keep saving water to help low reserves

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Scottish Water is again calling on people across Scotland to use water efficiently after storage levels in reservoirs fell to record low levels during the dry summer.

Following the second driest summer in 160 years in some parts of Scotland, storage levels in reservoirs are at 66 per cent, the lowest recorded for this time of year since 2003.

And while there might be some rain in September, the long-range forecast is for further dry weather in October and November.

Although demand for water has eased since the height of summer, it remains up to 100 million litres per day above average, which is enough to fill 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools or 1.2 million baths.

And, while there is no suggestion of restrictions being imposed, Scottish Water is repeating its call for customers to help protect normal water supplies by using water efficiently in their homes and gardens.

The call is aimed at customers throughout the country and at holidaymakers and visitors on Arran and elsewhere.

At the height of the shortage Arran had to have water brought in by tanks from the mainland to top up supplies.

Scottish Water is working hard to maintain normal water supplies to all customers and is doing so by producing more water where water treatment works have the capacity, using storage and moving water between networks where possible.

Kes Juskowiak, Scottish Water’s water operations general manager, said: ‘People might assume that, because we are at the end of summer, Scottish schools are back and there has been some heavy rain recently, there is no longer an issue with water supplies.

‘That is absolutely not the case and maintaining normal supplies remains a massive challenge for us.

‘We can’t do anything about the low rainfall, but customers can continue to help us by using water efficiently.

‘If people across the country – residents and visitors or holidaymakers – can take some small, simple steps to reduce their water use, they can make a big contribution towards our efforts to maintain normal supplies for everyone.’

Scottish Water posts facts, tips and activities on social media to raise awareness about why we need to save water and more information on saving water is available at