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Reservoirs management

The regulations governing registration, monitoring, maintenance and management of reservoirs has changed.

The Reservoirs Act 1975 required Local Authorities to maintain a register of all reservoirs in its area.  This function has now been passed to SEPA, through the implementation of The  Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011.  SEPA took over this responsibility on 1st April 2016.

This Act governs the construction and management of reservoirs to reduce the risk of failure and subsequent flooding.

The main changes between the two pieces of legislation are:

  • The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) will become the enforcement authority taking over responsibility from local authorities;
  • The capacity threshold for regulated reservoirs will be reduced from 25,000m3 to 10,000m3;
  • The introduction of a risk based and proportionate approach to the management of reservoir safety;
  • Reservoir Managers were required to register their reservoir with SEPA  before the end of September 2015.


Further information on the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011  can be found here.

Further information regarding registration of Reservoirs with SEPA can be found here.


Ross Speirs, Lead Professional - Harbours, Flood and Coast 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 43 90 Contact Ross Speirs online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH

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