VISITORS 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 people keen to enjoy the outdoors during the first summer since the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions were lifted.

Scottish Water is asking reservoir visitors to respect, protect and enjoy these beauty spots safely and responsibly.

Anti-social behaviour has been an issue in recent years at locations such as Stanley Reservoir, near the Gleniffer Braes in Paisley, and Picketlaw Reservoir, in Eaglesham, where police officers noticed youngsters under the influence of alcohol last summer.

Incidents of vandalism near reservoirs in Scotland have included damage to trees, fires being lit and left unattended, littering, tents discarded, human waste left, and vehicles parked inconsiderately and dangerously.

Peter Farrer, chief operating officer of Scottish Water, said: “We know that many people will want to enjoy the outdoors at some of our scenic reservoirs this summer and call on them to do so without spoiling other people’s enjoyment.

“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 not 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.”

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