The Vaki Counter at Loch Doon has been playing up so technicians from ACE Ltd, Vaki’s agent in the UK came to service or remove it for repair today. Unfortunately after trying some possible measures, they had to remove it for full diagnostics. It will be returned to Iceland for repair (if possible).

Adam from ACE Ltd working on the Vaki. Water temperature was 2.7ºC so he needed the dry suit.

Adam from ACE Ltd working on the Vaki. Water temperature was 2.7ºC so he needed the dry suit.

It was a cold morning to be hanging around at the loch so Gillian and I headed for a look at smolt trapping points on the burns while the Vaki was unbolted.

Looking towards the dam from near Lamdoughty Burn

Looking towards the dam from near Lamdoughty Burn

The loch has been high all winter so after leaving, we nipped round to Drumjohn to see what flow was being diverted to the Ken system. This discharge was in full flow and higher than I’ve seen it before which I expect reflects the amount of water that has fallen this year. It will be interesting to see what volume of water has gone this route is the data is available.

The Drumjohn discharge in full flow....we I expect it is in or near full flow. I've never seen it as big on any previous visit.

The Drumjohn discharge in full flow….well I expect it is in or near full flow. I’ve never seen it as big on any previous visit but the moss on the wall indicates it reaches this height regularly.

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