Scottish Water is set to harness the power of hydro electricity in a bid to reduce its electricity bill.
Daily Record reports that the company's bill currently accounts for one per cent of Scotland's total electricity consumption and is drawing up plans to create energy using the flow through its own supply pipes.
The firm says that it has identified 20 potential sites and is working closely with other authorities to make sure that the developments – which will involve the building of infrastructure to route the electricity back to its treatment plants – have the minimal impact on the local community and the environment.
Project leader for Scottish Water Ian McMillan told the news provider: "This is a key part of our Climate Change Strategy and will substantially reduce our carbon footprint.
"We're very excited about technology that offers the dual benefits of improved service for our customers and reduced operating costs."