Water scarcity warning issued for Edinburgh and the Lothians

A increased risk of water scarcity warning has been issued for Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have issued the warning following a week of hot and dry weather, many parts of Scotland remain at an

The Dee, Ythan, the Firth of Tay, Firth of Forth, Almond and Tyne catchments remain at Moderate Scarcity following the extreme heat.

Most of the east coast is now at Alert or Moderate Scarcity due to an extended period of low river levels and dry weather.

A water scarcity warning has been issued for much of the country

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SEPA continues to monitor the situation closely and coordinate steps to manage water resources in line with Scotland's National Water Scarcity Plan.

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In Early Warning areas, the advice is for businesses to consider their upcoming water requirements and to check equipment for any leaks.

If the water scarcity risk level reaches Significant, then SEPA will consider whether restrictions on abstractions will be required to protect the water environment.

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SEPA’s Senior Water and Land Manager, Jennifer Leonard, said: “Dry ground conditions and low river levels means the Don catchment has been raised to Moderate Scarcity. With similar conditions across much of Scotland; the Ythan, the Dee, the Firth of Forth area, the Almond, Tyne and Firth of Tay group remain at Moderate Scarcity.

“Water scarcity is a very real threat as a result of climate change. It is also the result of long-term weather deficit and below average rainfall, and although some rain is forecast, it is unlikely there will be enough to improve conditions.

“We want to work with businesses to plan their water usage long-term so that we can preserve this vital resource. Not only will that protect Scotland’s rivers and lochs, but it will minimise business risks as well.

“In the meantime, we stand ready to offer advice and support to businesses affected by the current conditions.

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“Whilst our first aim is always to help people do the right thing, we can hold to account those who deliberately fail to comply with their legal responsibilities when abstracting water from the environment.”

For more information on water scarcity, as well as the latest report, visit www.sepa.org.uk/waterscarcity