Milngavie Reservoirs

Update March 2021


Tree Maintenance
Annual tree maintenance work will take place in March, beginning early in the month. This should only take a few days. There should not be any need to close any of the footpaths, however, if a brief temporary closure is necessary, the delivery team will make it clear to any visitors in the vicinity. 

Drumclog Car Park

From Monday 15 February, a temporary closure of Drumclog car park is required for around 5 weeks to progress a £30 million project to improve services to more than 54,000 customers. Advance signage will be in place and the closure has been agreed in liaison with East Dunbartonshire Council. Alternative parking has been arranged at Nuffield Health (just off Strathblane Road) to help minimise any disruption. Please respect these restrictions and park responsibly.


Roadworks on Mugdock Road

From Monday 18 January 2021, a stretch of Mugdock Road from just after Drumclog car park until 600 metres north of the entrance to Drumclog car park will be closed to vehicle traffic for around eight weeks. Drumclog car park will remain open with limited parking and the area will be accessible for pedestrians and cyclists. The road closure is required to enable work to progress on a £30m project to improve services to customers in in parts of the Bearsden, Milngavie, Clydebank and Strathblane areas. 

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. 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

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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 700,00 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.


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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'e 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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