Plea to visitors to respect Mugdock and Craigmaddie reservoirs this Easter weekend
Easter weekend visitors are being asked to respect Mugdock and Craigmaddie reservoirs during the holiday period.
Reservoirs are expected once again to attract higher than normal numbers of people keen to enjoy the outdoors as lockdown restrictions look set to ease alongside the advice to stay local.
Anti-social behaviour was reported last summer at both Mugdock and Craigmaddie reservoirs.
Scottish Water is supporting VisitScotland’s sustainable tourism campaign and is asking reservoir visitors to respect, protect and enjoy these beauty spots.
The local reservoirs, popular with visitors, have very limited car parking and amenities.
Anti-social behaviour last year included vandalism to property, damage to trees, fires being lit and left unattended, littering and vehicles parked inconsiderately and dangerously.
The call includes a reminder that visitor safety is a key factor as reservoirs are part of Scottish Water’s supply network and can present unique dangers from underwater infrastructure and cold water.
Peter Farrer, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Water, said: “We anticipate that, because of the easing of some lockdown restrictions and the advice to stay local, many people will understandably want to enjoy the outdoors at some of our incredibly 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 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.”
Visitors should follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
The code’s key principles include – respect the interests of other people, care for the environment, and take responsibility for your own actions.