Scottish Water set to fund Bute loch protection work

Loch Ascog is one of six key water supply sources across Scotland covered by Scottish Water's new Best Practice Incentive Scheme. (Photo by Paul McTaggart.)
Loch Ascog is one of six key water supply sources across Scotland covered by Scottish Water's new Best Practice Incentive Scheme. (Photo by Paul McTaggart.)

SCOTTISH Water is offering land managers, owners and tenants financial assistance to help keep Loch Ascog free from pollution.

As part of its newly-launched Best Practice Incentive Scheme, the company has stated that it may offer management advice and technical support to prevent the loch being affected by ‘whole farm diffuse pollution’ resulting in the loss of imporant agricultural nutrients, particularly phosphorus, as well as financial help with stock fencing and livestock watering, up to a maximum of £20,000 per IACS-registered business.

Loch Ascog is one of six key water supply catchments across Scotland covered by the scheme.

Peter Brown, Scottish Water’s water quality regulation manager, said:“Scottish Water takes water from the environment and treats it to provide wholesome supplies of drinking water for the people of Scotland. The vast majority of the water in the environment is unpolluted and, with treatment, it is suitable for public drinking water supply.

“But we are not complacent and want to reduce the impact of diffuse pollution. By working together with land managers, owners and tenants in the catchments of drinking water sources, we can enhance drinking water standards, protect public health and promote more sustainable solutions than traditional treatment processes.

“The Best Practice Incentive Scheme provides financial assistance for innovative and sustainable approaches to prevent diffuse pollution reaching watercourses and keeping drinking water sources pristine, in the best interests of our customers and the environment.”

Further details of Scottish Water’s Best Practice Incentive Scheme, the specific issues in each catchment and the range of measures we may finance in each catchment can be found by clicking on the link to the right of this article.