Milngavie Reservoirs

Update May 2022

Dirty Dam and Burn

De-silting works are due to commence at the Dirty Dam, located on the north west corner of the site, on Monday 9th May. The work will be carried out by our contractor George Leslie Ltd. Material to be left on the river bank where it will be seeded with a mix of native grasses. While the footpaths will not be closed, an area will be fenced off for equipment and a welfare unit. We expect these works to take around 10 days for completion. In addition, May will also see the start of desilting works, delivered by Tannoch Loch Ltd. While this project is not being led by Scottish Water, silt bags will be located on Scottish Water land next to the vehicle access road. After the silt has settled, which may take a few weeks, they will be removed. 

Tree Works

Some tree surgery works and replanting will continue this month as part of our health and safety commitments around maintaining mature trees at the reservoirs. 

Spring Clean 

We will carry out some work to tidy up the Roselea entrance to the site this month.



Please be aware that the paths around the reservoir are not routinely gritted. Please take extra care in icy conditions.

Respect Our Reservoirs

It’s important to respect our reservoirs- and each other. Have that picnic but use bins provided &/or take your litter home. Take your dog for a walk but please keep it under proper control. Go for a run, walk or cycle but please respect people’s space.


Calling All Budding Photographers!

Do you enjoy taking pics when you're up at the reservoirs? Please send us your snaps and we'll share them across our digital channels. Tweet them to  @ScotWaterWest using #MilngavieReservoirs hashtag or send by email to:


Drumclog Car Park

The car park is available for visitors to Milngavie Reservoirs. Visitors are reminded that this is the parking location for all non-blue badge holders. Please park responsibly.


Social Distancing

Please remember to social distance! This area is very popular with walkers and people out exercising and can get very busy. We’re asking everyone to continue to follow Scottish government guidance on social distancing.


Pardon the Puddles

We know there are a good few puddles on the paths around the reservoirs to dodge on rainy days. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we plan future improvements for 2022. In the meantime, please wear appropriate footwear and pardon the puddles!

Milngavie Byelaws

Byelaws for the prevention of pollution and for the regulation of use of water gathering grounds

Download here
We have put a poster in the Friends of Milngavie notice board reminding visitors of the site specific byelaws. For more information, please see the full guidance document, in the button above.
For everyone’s safety, and together with our delivery partners and contractors, we are urging everyone using this site to follow Scottish government guidance on social distancing. Please also be mindful of any ongoing works and take note of signage.  
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Craigmaddie and Mugdock Reservoirs

These reservoirs supply drinking water to 700,000 customers in Greater Glasgow, and they are an important local beauty spot. 

Milngavie Reservoirs Consultation

We sought the public’s views on two of our much-loved and well-visited beauty spots in the Milngavie area of East Dunbartonshire; Craigmaddie and Mugdock reservoirs.

The consultation, which was launched online, encouraged people with an interest in these two Scottish Water assets to give their views and help inform future plans for investment. More than 1,000 people took part.


Milngavi Reservoirs Consultation Complete

Poster Fun

Milngavie Primary School children got involved in our consultation process and created posters to show how much the reservoirs mean to them. We've created an eBook of their posters which you can see on the link below.

Consultation Documents

More than 1,000 customers took part in our public consultation. You can read a summary of this and view the brilliant work of Milngavie Primary School pupils in a specially created  eBook, via the link below.

More Information


The Craigmaddie and Mugdock reservoirs in Milngavie are an important local beauty spot and recreational facility. The two reservoirs store drinking water supplying 700,000 customers in Greater Glasgow. The site which has historical, recreational and environmental significance attracts around 160,000 visitors per year. 

In October 2019 we committed to a refreshed approach to how we maintain the site and to engage the community of reservoir users on its future and development. We made the following commitments:  

  • To deliver a refresh of the site by the end of March 2020, making a visible difference to customers and visitors.  
  • To deliver a step change in our approach to the upkeep of the site, working collaboratively to co-create development ideas and outcomes for the medium and long term.
  • To engage broadly and inclusively to reach a broad spectrum of stakeholders and reservoir users promoting fair and open two-way dialogue. 

What’s happened so far?  

Work has been taking place to deliver a visible difference to the site for customers and visitors. 

While the Covid-19 pandemic halted some of our planned work, a number of elements of the project have been successfully delivered, to date:  

  • Appointment of a Project Manager (PM): In November we appointed a dedicated PM who oversees delivery of the refreshed strategy for the current and future maintenance of the reservoirs. 
  • Removal of redundant signs.  We have removed signs that are no longer required are have started a project to update and refresh the interpretive boards and visitor experience.  
  • Address overgrown vegetation. While this has been completed, we are aware it’s something we must keep on top of. Vegetation growth around the site will become a regular part of the sites annual maintenance plan going forward. We are also exploring how we can further enhance our maintenance plan for the whole site.  
  • Survey of footpaths and gates, identifying areas for repair and refurbishment. Improvement works are due to commence later in 2020.  
  • Redundant pump houses: one has been removed and the other is pending asbestos and bats inspections.  
  • Assess fencing, to inform where improvements may be needed to keep the site safe, clean and tidy.  
  • Consultation, on the 30th September we closed 6 weeks on public consultation with reservoir users, community groups and key stakeholders. We’re working on analysing the feedback and will report back on it soon.

Further updates 

We will continue to update this page with the latest information. Why not follow us on social media to stay up to date on our latest activity: 

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