Reservoir flooding

Scotland has more than 1000 reservoirs.  Most reservoirs hold large volumes of water, are above ground level and used for a variety of purposes.  Although the chance of an uncontrolled release of water from a reservoir is very small, the continued safe operation and management of reservoirs to reduce flood risk is extremely important.

The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 (FRM Act) creates a framework to make Scotland more resilient to flooding and to better plan and co-ordinate our actions to manage flood risk.  SEPA has a strategic role in managing flood risk in Scotland and is working closely with local authorities and Scottish Water to implement the Flood Risk Management Act. 

A key aspect of the FRM Act is the transfer of responsibility for reservoir safety from local authorities to SEPA. This ensures a more streamlined approach to flood risk management.

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