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Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013

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(1)In section 46 (certain matter not to be passed into drains) of the 1968 Act

(a)in subsection (2), for the words “a fine not exceeding £40,000” there is substituted “imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or a fine not exceeding £40,000 (or both)”,

(b)after subsection (2) there is inserted—

(3)This section does not apply in relation to the passing of fat, oil or grease from trade premises into a public sewer or a drain connecting with such a sewer..

(2)After section 46 there is inserted—

46AOffence as to fat, oil or grease

(1)A person commits an offence if—

(a)the person passes, or permits to be passed, any relevant substance from trade premises into—

(i)a public sewer, or

(ii)a drain connecting with such a sewer, and

(b)the condition in subsection (2) is met.

(2)The condition is that the relevant substance (alone or in combination with any matter with which it comes, or may come, into contact)—

(a)interferes with, or is likely to interfere with, the free flow of the contents of the sewer, or

(b)adversely affects, or is likely so to affect, the treatment or disposal of the contents of the sewer.

(3)But no offence is committed under subsection (1) if the relevant substance is passed in accordance with the provisions of Part II of this Act.

(4)In subsections (1) to (3), “relevant substance” means fat, oil or grease.

(5)A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or a fine not exceeding £40,000 (or both),

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine (or both).

46BDamage caused by fat, oil or grease

(1)Subsection (5) applies if—

(a)an owner or occupier of trade premises passes, or permits to be passed, any relevant substance from the premises into—

(i)a public sewer, or

(ii)a drain connecting with such a sewer, and

(b)the condition in subsection (2) is met.

(2)The condition is that, as a result—

(a)the sewer or drain is damaged or blocked, or

(b)the free flow of the contents of the sewer is otherwise interfered with.

(3)But subsection (5) does not apply if the relevant substance is passed in accordance with the provisions of Part II of this Act.

(4)In subsections (1) and (3), “relevant substance” means fat, oil or grease.

(5)Scottish Water may recover, from the owner or (as the case may be) occupier, any expenses that it reasonably incurs in investigating or remedying the damage, blockage or interference..

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