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Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 35 – Substances generally

60.This section inserts a new section 46A into the 1968 Act which creates a new offence of passing, or permitting to be passed, fat, oil or grease into a public sewer or connected drain where it is liable to interfere with the free flow of the sewer’s contents or adversely affect the treatment or disposal of its contents. The offence only applies to the passing of such matter from trade premises (defined by section 59(1) of the 1968 Act as any premises used or intended to be used for carrying on any trade or industry). It does not apply in circumstances where Scottish Water has given its consent for the substance to be passed into the sewerage network under Part II of the 1968 Act.

61.The section also inserts a new section 46B into the 1968 Act, which allows Scottish Water to recover the cost of investigating or remedying any resulting damage to or blockage of the sewer or drain, or interference with the free flow of the sewer’s contents, from the owner or occupier responsible, unless Scottish Water has given its consent to the discharge under Part II of the 1968 Act.

62.The section also amends section 46 (certain matter not to be passed into drains) of the 1968 Act to bring the maximum penalties applicable to that offence on summary conviction into line with the maximum penalties provided for in the new section 46A(5).

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