East Renfrewshire residents are being asked to “respect reservoirs” by behaving responsibly around them during the summer months.

Reservoirs are expected to attract higher than normal numbers of visitors keen to enjoy the outdoors as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease and more people holiday in Scotland, rather than travelling abroad.

Scottish Water is asking visitors to enjoy these beauty spots responsibly.

Earlier this year, police highlighted the dangers of reservoirs after youngsters risked their lives by jumping from a water tower and swimming at an East Renfrewshire beauty spot.

During good weather, youths from across the area and further afield ventured into the water at Picketlaw Reservoir, in Eaglesham.

Officers who were sent to the scene noticed that some of the youngsters were under the influence of alcohol.

Some of the offenders were taken home and parents were contacted to come and collect others.

Peter Farrer, Scottish Water’s chief operating officer, said: “We anticipate that, because of the easing of lockdown restrictions and the advice about not travelling abroad, many people will be planning to holiday in Scotland and will understandably want to enjoy the outdoors at some of our scenic reservoirs.

“We ask people to act responsibly and respect our reservoirs. Enjoy the setting but leave no trace behind. They can do this by planning and preparing for their visit.

“They should consider other people and services, including ensuring cars are parked safely and do no obstruct either our working vehicles or the emergency services.

“We are also urging people to stay safe. There are many hidden dangers in reservoirs, which are working assets. Water temperatures can also cause shock and result in someone getting into difficulty.”

For more details, visit Outdoor Access Scotland.