Question reference: S6W-17860
- Date lodged: 11 May 2023
Current status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 23 May 2023
To ask the Scottish Government how much SEPA has spent in the last 12 months on measures to prevent future seasonal water shortages.
SEPA determine how resources are allocated to meeting their statutory obligations through an Annual Operating Plan published each year in agreement with the Scottish Government.
Over the last 12 months SEPA have continued to implement Scotland’s national water scarcity plan which sets out how water resources will be managed prior to and during periods of prolonged dry weather. SEPA also produced regular water scarcity reports during the summer months.
SEPA and the Scottish Government are working closely with stakeholders to assist businesses in their planning for managing future seasonal water shortages. This includes launching a communications campaign on 2 May to raise awareness and work over the past 12 months alongside the Farm Advisory Service to ensure businesses have the information they need to prepare for water scarcity.