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Keep the water cycle running smoothly

Our ‘Keep the water cycle running smoothly campaign’ highlights how everyone can do their part in helping to keep Scotland’s water cycle moving. For example, taking simple steps to save water and prevent blockages in pipes. 
 

Save your drains and help the cycle

 
At Scottish Water we are always working so the cycle never stops.
 
We maintain and improve over 30,000 miles of sewer pipes which take waste water away from homes and business premises across Scotland. We then treat this at over 1,800 waste water treatment works before returning it to the environment.
 

Did you know?

Every year there are approx. 37,000 blocked drains and sewers across Scotland, which can cause flooding which affects you and your neighbours and pollutes rivers, burns and coastal waters in your local area.
 
Around 80% of these blockages that clog up the cycle are caused by either inappropriate items being put down the toilet, or fat, oil and grease being put down the sink.
 
We believe the best way to tackle blocked drains and sewer flooding is to work together with you to help prevent blockages that can clog up the cycle in the first place.

How you can help prevent blockages

With your help we can keep the water cycle running smoothly in your area - view our In the bathroom and In the kitchen pages for some simple tips that will help save your drains and protect your home, your neighbours and the local environment.
 

How to help save water

Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can save as much as 6 litres of water a minute. There are lots of small things you can do in and around the home to be more water efficient and help the cycle. Click here for some great tips and advice.

Identify the good guys from the bad guys

At Scottish Water we perform water quality tests at reservoirs, treatment works and in homes all across Scotland.  If we knock on your door then we advise you to always check our photo ID and follow our 3C’s rule. Learn more about the 3C’s here beat the bogus caller webpage.