Implications for reservoir managers and panel engineers

SEPA is committed to supporting everyone it regulates during the COVID-19 public health emergency, while maintaining protection of Scotland’s environment. This regulatory position and guidance is for reservoir managers and panel engineers.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we expect regulated businesses to make their best endeavours to meet their environmental obligations. We are helping regulated businesses to adjust and adapt, recognising that resources and capacities are severely constrained.

The overarching priority of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act (2011) is to ensure the structural stability of reservoirs and the subsequent protection of the public located in downstream areas.

We recognise that during this period, it may be difficult for reservoir managers and panel engineers to comply with the legislation while ensuring that they, and their staff and employees or any contractors that they are using, remain safe.

Following discussion with other reservoir regulatory authorities in England and Wales, the Scottish Government and key stakeholders, we have developed a temporary regulatory postition and guidance for reservoir managers and panel engineers.

The temporary regulatory position and guidance sets out steps that should be taken if compliance with certain aspects of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act (2011) is no longer possible, for example, scheduled site inspections. This guidance will support reservoir managers and engineers, while ensuring reservoirs remain structurally safe and local communities and businesses are protected.

This only applies in Scotland and where non-compliance is unavoidable and solely as a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

View the temporary regulatory position statement and guidance for reservoir managers and panel engineers

Reservoirs regulatory position and guidance

Contact information

Let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to carry out a scheduled inspection of your reservoir or comply with the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011.

You should contact our Reservoirs Regulatory Unit by emailing with all the relevant details including RES/R number, reservoir name and the reservoir manager's name.

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