Warm weather water warning - play it safe in Milngavie and Bearsden


People in Milngavie and Bearsden have been warned to play it safe near rivers, reservoirs and lochs.

Scottish Water is advising folk not to take risks around watercourses and calling on children and parents to take care near during hot weather.

Bearsden and Milngavie have many areas of water which could prove hazardous, such as the Milngavie reservoirs, Kilmardinny and Tannoch lochs.

Scottish Water’s Mark Maclaren said: “While it’s important that youngsters enjoy school holidays and that people take pleasure in the area’s beautiful lochs, rivers and reservoirs, it’s also vital that they stay safe.

“We are reminding parents to keep their children safe and asking adults to act responsibly around watercourses.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidentsis backing Scottish Water’s call.

The charity’s Carlene McAvoy said: “There tends to be a peak in the number of accidental drownings during periods of warm weather and it is advisable to consider the hazards, particularly when open water swimming.

“Avoid swimming near weirs. Even on a hot day, the water might be colder or deeper than expected and there may be strong currents and underwater debris you cannot see from the bank.”