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This video highlights the relationship between farming & forestry activities and drinking water. The cleaner the water that we can get into our water treatment works, the better the water coming to your tap. Amy Gove, Catchment Liason Officer, explains how Scottish Water's Sustainable Land Management team is offering an incentive scheme to assist farmers, land managers and other stakeholders.


Sustainable Land Management

Scottish Water’s Sustainable Land Management (SLM) team is working in collaboration with land owners and developers to protect drinking water sources throughout Scotland.

Land use such as farming practices, large and small scale construction and forest activities can affect the quality of the source water. If risks are not properly assessed then the quality of the source water can be impacted which in turn increases the energy and chemical use for water treatment.

The SLM team can offer assistance to land owners and developers in a variety of ways:

SLM Incentive Scheme
For more information on the SLM Incentive Scheme, please click here.

Activities within our catchments
The SLM team responds to a wide variety of consultations on activities that take place in or near drinking water sources. These include: forest management and felling; wind farms; hydro schemes and aerial spraying of pesticides.

Daer reservoir, Lanarkshire
If you believe that your activity falls within a drinking water catchment, please contact us on the details below.

To contact Scottish Water’s Sustainable Land Management team, email:

Alternatively call our Customer Helpline 0800 0778 778 and ask to speak to a member of the Sustainable Land Management team.

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