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Question on whether Scotland supplies England with water: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
12 Nov 2020
Question on whether Scotland supplies England with water: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000104273
Date received: 2 Oct 2020
Date responded: 29 Oct 2020
Information requested

I would like to know to what extent Scotland supplies England with water, how many water pipeline run from Scotland to England, can I see a map to this national linkup.

Response

The answer to your question is that whilst Scotland has a relative abundance of fresh water compared to an increasing number of parts of the world that are becoming water stressed due to population growth and climate factors, there are no current plans to export water to England or internationally.

Ministers are aware of the supply challenges in some countries, including in south-east England, and the growing concerns about the need for water utilities in England to take action to ensure continuity of supply in water-stressed areas in the future. However, previous analysis suggests the sale or transfer of water from Scotland to England – most likely by bulk shipping raw water or via pipelines - would not be economically viable at this time. However, the Scottish Government will keep the issue under review.

The Scottish Government is instead committed to making Scotland a 'Hydro Nation' where water resources are developed so as to bring the maximum benefit to the Scottish economy. As a Hydro Nation, our approach internationally is to support other countries to get the most from their own water resources by reaching out to the world to share our academic excellence and expertise in water governance and water management technology.

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