Compensation Loch

(Compensation Reservoir)

A reservoir lying below Loch Thom, 2½ miles (4 km) east of Inverkip and 2½ miles (4 km) south southwest of Greenock in Inverclyde, the Compensation Loch (or Compensation Reservoir) occupies 17 ha (42 acres) and contains nearly 4500 million litres (1000 million gallons) of water. It was constructed as part of Robert Thom's scheme to provide water to Greenock, to ensure a constant supply of water remained available for existing flax mills on the Kip Water, water that would otherwise have been diverted via the Greenock Cut.

Although limited water now passes along the Cut, in 1972, a new pipeline was opened which conveyed water from this reservoir to Largs and the power station at Inverkip. It is now operated by Scottish Water.

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