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Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 50 – Controlled Activities Regulations

86.This section makes it clear that, although the Scottish Ministers may permit Scottish Water to make an abstraction or take other measures in connection with a water shortage order, that permission does not absolve Scottish Water of the need to separately obtain any authorisation required under the Controlled Activities Regulations.

87.Scottish Water must apply separately for any authorisation that it may need under the Controlled Activities Regulations, and is required by section 38(3)(b) to provide to the Scottish Ministers a copy of any associated application under those Regulations when proposing a water shortage order.

88.This section confirms that any restriction or prohibition on the abstraction of water imposed by a water shortage order overrides any authorisation of that abstraction under the Controlled Activities Regulations, while the water shortage order is in effect.

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