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Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 39 – Making of order

73.This section enables the Scottish Ministers to make two different types of water shortage order: an ordinary water shortage order and an emergency water shortage order. In order for Ministers to make an ordinary water shortage order, Scottish Water must have made a proposal and Ministers must be satisfied that the deficiency or threat in question exists. In order to make an emergency water shortage order, Ministers must, in addition, be satisfied that there is a risk to the health, or social or economic well-being, of people in the area affected. The differences in the effect of an ordinary water shortage order and an emergency water shortage order are that an emergency water shortage order may permit Scottish Water to supply water by means other than through pipes (see section 40(4)), and an emergency water shortage order comes into force more quickly after it is made and is of shorter duration (see paragraph 8 of schedule 1).

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