Water, wastewater and drainage policy: consultation

This consultation seeks your views on our proposed principles and considerations in developing policy for the future of the water industry in Scotland in response to the climate emergency.


1. LOW_RES_4656_Climate_Projections_report_FINAL.pdf (adaptationscotland.org.uk)

2. Catchment – The area of land and the water collected in it, especially the collection of rainfall over a natural drainage area.

3. A container for storing rain water which can then be used to water gardens or clean driveways etc.

4. Regulated Supplies – supplies serve a variety of premises, e.g. holiday lets, B&Bs, hotels, caravan parks/campsites, schools, community halls and a range of other facilities. Type B supplies are all other domestic private water supplies, many of which serve single properties.

5. 93% of Scotland have wastewater services provided by Scottish Water

6. Wastewater describes used water from households, businesses, industrial and agricultural settings as well as surface water from our environment.

7. Sewers are the systems of pipes and drainage structures which carry wastewater from its origin to a treatment centre where pollutants are removed before the treated effluent is safely discharged into water bodies.

8. Overflows are an essential part of Scotland’s combined drainage and wastewater system as these provide a ‘release valve’ during periods of intense heavy rainfall, to prevent sewer flooding of properties. They permit a proportion of wastewater to be released, with little or no treatment, into rivers, lochs, estuaries or the ocean. Often these releases are screened to remove sewage related debris and sometimes stored first in tanks so that solid matter can settle and then receive treatment.

9. SEPA - River Basin Management Plan for Scotland 2021-27

10. Improving Urban Waters - Route Map (scottishwater.co.uk)


Email: waterindustry@gov.scot

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