Drinking Water

Information relating to drinking water, also known as potable water, for both public and private water supplies

Drinking water quality in Scotland is of a very high standard, but occasionally there are factors that can change the quality of the water. This may cause the water to taste, look, or smell different to normal. Most of these changes are completely safe and do not make the water harmful to drink. If you are at all concerned about the quality of a public water supply you should contact Scottish Water in the first instance. If the supply is a private one you should contact Inverclyde Council to speak to an Environmental Health officer. 

Lead in Drinking Water Information Note
In Scotland, lead does not occur naturally in significant concentrations in our water supplies. The problem arises when drinking water comes into contact with lead supply pipes, lead tanks, lead solder joints on copper pipes, or inferior quality brass fittings and taps, particularly for longer periods (e.g. overnight/ weekends / holidays periods). This can result in high lead levels in the drinking water supply. If you suspect you may have lead pipes, the Council encourages you to undertake further works with a view to establishing whether lead is present and to take steps to replace them; and as a short-term, implement some precautionary measures to protect your health.
Information on the health effects of exposure to lead can be found on the NHS Inform website:

Page last updated: 1 February 2018