Safety Around Reservoirs
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Swimming in reservoirs is dangerous. In the interests of public safety, Scottish Water does not
encourage swimming or diving in any of its reservoirs - whatever the weather. In recent times
there have been a number of fatalities at our reservoirs as a result of individuals swimming
in them. The dangers posed by reservoirs include:
- Deep cold water, which can send the body into shock in seconds
- Hidden water intakes - this is underwater pipework which takes water out of the reservoir
- Steep, slippery banks
- Stone or concrete structures below and above the water
- Strong currents
- Underwater plants such as reeds, which can trap swimmers
- Remote locations with poor or no mobile phone coverage, and lack of immediate assistance
- Winter sports, such as ice-skating, are also not encouraged on our frozen reservoirs due to the immediate risk of injury and drowning from freezing water.
The full guide to reservoir safety can be found in the below PDF. We urge anyone thinking of visiting one of our reservoirs or seeking information on group access, facilities, restrictions at our reservoirs, and best practice for boating/fishing to read this leaflet.
If you have any comments or concerns please contact our Customer Helpline on 0800 0778778 - we will be happy to hear from you.
You can also find more information on the below links from other organisations with an interest in reservoir safety.
Hidden dangers found at reservoirs include deep cold water and on a hot day, underwater plant life and steep banks. For these reasons and in the interests of our customers' health and safety, we do not encourage swimming or diving in any of our reservoirs - whatever the weather.