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Penwhirn Reservoir dam raising plans drawn up

Penwhirn Reservoir
Image caption The plans would see the height of the dam at Penwhirn Reservoir raised

Plans are being drawn up to increase the size of a water reservoir supplying most of Wigtownshire.

Scottish Water said that raising the height of the dam at Penwhirn Reservoir by 1.5m (about 5ft) would increase its capacity by about 35%.

A public consultation event on the proposals is planned later this month.

Scottish Water said a similar scheme was also being considered for Black Esk reservoir, which supplies much of Dumfriesshire.

Concerns over stocks at both sites sparked plans for a drought order in the summer of 2010.

However, heavy rainfall saw the move shelved.

Now Scottish Water is holding a public drop-in event at Stranraer library on 22 November about its plans for Penwhirn.

Nigel Graham-Smith, asset planner for the Wigtownshire area, said: "This proposed work will enable Scottish Water to meet water supply demands in times of low rainfall by enhancing the amount of water the reservoir can hold."

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