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Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 38 – Proposal for order

71.This section makes provision for Scottish Water to propose to the Scottish Ministers that they (the Scottish Ministers) make a water shortage order. Scottish Water may only do this if it believes that there is a serious deficiency (or threat of a serious deficiency) of water supplies in an area. The section sets out the information that must be included in and accompany the proposal. The Scottish Ministers may also instruct Scottish Water about the form in which a proposal is to be presented. A water shortage order made under the provisions of the Act is an administrative order and is not a statutory instrument.

72.The provision for water shortage orders replaces the provision for drought orders in the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991 (the relevant provisions of which are repealed by section 53 of, and paragraph 1(2) of schedule 4 to, this Act).

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