Water resource assessments for Scottish distilleries

Water is a key resource in the distilling and cooling process of producing whisky. We have successfully assisted numerous distilleries in undertaking tasks such as water resource assessments, hydrometric monitoring and water quality modelling to provide successful environmentally based water solutions.


Identifying sources of water to support distillery development and expansion whilst meeting crucial environmental regulations can be a significant challenge, something which is likely to be exacerbated by climate change. As well as water quantity, there are also challenges with respect to water quality (e.g. discharge of warm cooling water to a river) and sustainable engineering design to harvest the water.


We have successfully assisted numerous existing and new distilleries in developing water solutions. We have been fortunate to work with Diageo, Gordon and McPhail, and Glenfiddich, Inchdairnie, Borders, Glendronach, Torabhaig and Ardross Distilleries, to name but a few. Click here for more information.

While the solution varies by site, we have undertaken water resources assessments, both for surface water and groundwater, hydrometric monitoring, to better quantify water amounts and water quality modelling. We have also undertaken detailed design of abstractions and discharges, dialogue with environment authorities and regulatory submissions such as CAR licensing.


The market for Scottish whisky is growing, with existing distilleries expanding production and many new distilleries being developed to meet demand. Water is a key resource for distilleries and is used in both the distilling process and for cooling. By fully understanding hydrological and regulatory processes and their challenges, we have been able to provide successful environmentally based water solutions for many distilleries and will continue to do so in the future.

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