Water Scarcity

Advice for Private Water Supply Owners/Users 

Update: June 2022

In the event of water scarcity due to dry weather, there is an emergency assistance scheme for private water supply users. 
Scottish Water will provide emergency supplies of bottled water for domestic use where they are able to, on a priority basis. However Scottish Water must be contacted by the local authority, they will not accept direct requests.

Please contact the Comhairle on 01851 822 694 and leave a voicemail with your contact details if you require this service.  Outwith office hours, please contact Faire on 01851 701 702 and leave your contact details

There are approximately 55 private water supplies in the Comhairle’s area.

During times of prolonged dry weather or severe cold weather many of these private supplies from springs, surface water or wells may become depleted or fail. It is important that you plan ahead to ensure that you don’t run out of water during such times.

You should formulate a water management plan which addresses issues such as potential supply failure, water treatment problems and ongoing maintenance to ensure, where possible, water is always supplied to your premises.

The following should be considered in relation to potential supply failure/ prolonged dry spells as part of your Water Management Plan:-

  • Steps you need to take to ensure the network of pipes on your supply are free from breaks and leaks
  • Potential additional sources of water, e.g. springs or surface water you can tap off to augment your supply, or can you pump water from a loch?
  • It is important to consider the impact of introducing a different supply of water on any water treatment equipment that you have. You may want to boil any water that is consumed.
  • Buying in a supply of bottled water
  • Operators of food businesses will need to consider whether they have a sufficient supply of water to remain operational.

General Advice During Times Of Prolonged Dry Spells

Use water wisely, such as shower instead of bath; use full loads in washing machines and dishwashers; use a watering can in the garden instead of a hose; use a cistern displacement device.