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Water providers are monitoring Oban’s supply source with Gleann A Bhearraidh reservoir currently just over 70 per cent full.
To keep some communities sufficiently supplied, Scottish Water has been tankering extra water into some parts of the country, including Tighnabruaich and Portavadie in Argyll, and bringing additional boreholes online on Arran and in the Fort William area.
A Scottish Water spokesperson said: ‘The prolonged warm spell may have ended for now, however, demand on our network is still high, and we are asking people always to be mindful of the water they are using, and to treat it as the precious resource it is.’
Demand was so high as temperatures soared recently that Scottish Water had to produce more than 200 million litres of extra water per day nationwide to maintain normal supplies – that’s enough water to fill 100 Olympic-sized swimming pools or 2.4 million baths.
The call to watch how much water you use is being aimed at customers in communities throughout the country and at summer holidaymakers and visitors to rural and island communities.
Kes Juskowiak, Scottish Water’s water operations general manager, said current water levels in reservoirs are below average for this time of year.
‘If people across the country – residents and visitors or holidaymakers – can take some
small, simple steps to reduce their water use, they can make a big contribution towards our efforts to maintain normal supplies for everyone and if we can reduce demand it will also be good for the environment as there will be fewer tankers on the roads.’
Some top tips for saving water are: Use a watering can instead of a hose when watering plants in the garden, avoid jet washers altogether, only fill paddling pools a quarter full and re-use that water to water plants.
In some areas around Oban where homes rely on private water supplies, availability had almost run dry in peak sizzling temperatures.
Argyll and Bute Council’s online advice for anyone affected by this is that responsibility lies with the users or any third party who provides or manages the supply by contract.
In some circumstances when supplies run dry or are at serious risk of doing so, the council might be able to help but that is usually only to supply bottled water to get over the immediate need. You can call to ask for help 01546 605519.