Reservoir Safety Video

In this short video, Peter Farrer, Chief Operating Officer at Scottish Water, explains the risks of drowning in reservoirs. We want people to enjoy Scotland's beautiful reservoirs and to be aware of the dangers of entering the water.

Swimming in Reservoirs is Dangerous.  

In the interests of public safety, we do not encourage swimming or diving in any of our reservoirs – whatever the weather. 

There have been a number of fatalities at our reservoirs as a result of individuals swimming in them in recent times. 

What Are the Dangers of Reservoirs?

  • Deep cold water, which can send the body into shock in seconds
  • Hidden water intakes - 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
  • Risk of injury or drowning in freezing water from winter sports, eg. ice skating

Individuals visiting any of our reservoirs, or seeking information about group access, facilities, restrictions and best practice for boating and fishing, are urged to read our 'Take Care Be Aware' Leaflet which can be found in the Document Hub

If you have any comments or concerns please contact our Customer Helpline on 0800 077877.

More information on reservoir safety is available from the following organisations:

Go Safe Scotland

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Fire Scotland

Outdoor Access Scotland

Police Scotland

Royal Life Saving Society Scotland

Water Safety Scotland

Take Care Be Aware

Download from our Leaflets page in the Document Hub

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