Explanatory Notes

Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003

2003 asp 3

5 March 2003

The Act – an Overview

9.The Act is in three parts.

Part 1 – Protection of the water environment

10.This Part:

Part 2 – Water and sewerage services

11.Part 2 of the Act makes changes to the system for funding new connections to the water and sewerage infrastructure by amending the Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968 and the Water (Scotland) Act 1980. These include clarifying when and how infrastructure vests in Scottish Water and conferring regulation making powers for various detailed provisions including determining reasonable cost and setting construction standards and detailed conditions for connection agreements. It also adds sustainable urban drainage systems to Scottish Water’s core functions as provider of sewerage services.

Part 3 – General

12.This Part makes general provision for the making of orders and regulations under the Act. It also makes provision about the application of the Act to the Crown and commencement of the Act.